SPRINGFIELD – During National Teen Driver Safety Week, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that teen driver deaths are down 74% since 2007.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), White has made efforts to overhaul the state’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) since 2008.
In 2019, 41 teens were killed in traffic crashes, according to IDOT, while 48 were killed in 2018. In 2007, the year before White’s stronger GDL laws took effect, 155 teens were killed in crashes.
White reminded the public that this week is a time when parents and caregivers are encouraged to talk to teens about staying safe behind the wheel, as well as using seat belts, obeying the speed limit, and not texting while driving or driving impaired.
Illinois’ GDL program prepares teen drivers by giving them more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of an adult, limiting in-car distractions and requiring teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions.