Illinois ranks first in a nationwide study surveying traffic safety laws. And according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, teen driving fatalities were at an all-time low in 2013. Even so, the organization Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety says more teen driving laws could cut down on fatalities further. The group’s president, Jackie Gillan, says vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens nationwide. She says Illinois is no exception.
“Teen drivers are more likely than other drivers to be involved in fatal crashes because they lack the experience and they tend to take greater risks.”
Gillan recommends Illinois make teen driving curfews consistent every day of the week. The state implemented a graduated drivers license program in 2008, which requires teens take steps into full driving privileges.