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Teen driving deaths down nearly 60 percent

Secretary of State Jesse White announced teen driving deaths are down nearly 60 percent in Illinois as the country recognizes National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26.

Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program was cited as one of the contributing factors to the decline in fatalities. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 144 teen driving deaths in 2007. Since White’s efforts to overhaul the GDL law took effect in 2008, teen driving fatalities have decreased by nearly 60 percent – with 58 teen driving deaths in 2012.

Illinois’ GDL program better prepares novice, teen drivers by giving them more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of a parent or guardian, limiting in-car distractions and requiring teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions. State and national traffic safety organizations have praised Illinois’ stronger GDL program as one of the best in the nation.

To learn more about the state’s Graduated Driver Licensing program, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

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