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New Rules for Young Drivers
I recently received a newsletter from my Illinois State Representative, Sandy Cole, that outlined the state’s new rules for young drivers. The Illinois General Assembly acted to increase the requirements for a young person getting their Illinois driver’s license in order for them to have more experience and be more careful once they start to drive on their own.
Under the new rules, which take effect Jan. 1, 2008, 15-year-olds must:
Have parental consent to obtain a beginner’s driving permit.
Be accompanied by a licensed driver 21 years old or older when they drive using their permit.
Before they can get their license, young drivers must:
Pass an approved driver’s education course.
Get certification from their parent or guardian that they have at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice time, including at least 10 hours at night.
Have held a valid driving permit for at least nine months.
Drivers who are 16 and 17 years old are granted a provisional license, which has the following restrictions:
Curfew of 10 pm on weekdays and 11 pm on weekends.
Limit of one teenage passenger (excluding siblings) for the first 12 months after receiving a license.
Prohibited from using a cell phone while driving.
Although your kids may object to these new, stricter rules, remind them that the rules are just designed to make them better drivers and keep them safer on the road. And that is a goal we can all get behind. So thanks to Rep. Sandy Cole for sharing the new rules with us.
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