Secretary of State Jesse White has announced a nearly 60 percent drop in teen driving deaths in Illinois over the past seven years. Secretary White attributes the decline in teen crash fatalities to his office’s graduated driver licensing program. The program requires new drivers to get more practice time behind the wheel and limits the number of passengers teens can haul around.
The program was implemented in 2008. In the year prior, 155 teen drivers died on Illinois roads. In 2014, that number had dropped to 66.