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Motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of
death among teenagers. Last summer, Secretary of State Jesse White
assembled a Teen Driver Safety Task Force to study the problem of
teen driving deaths.
Based on recommendations from that task force, Secretary White
has introduced legislation to strengthen the state's Graduated
Driver Licensing program for young drivers. I am proud to be a
co-sponsor of this legislation and look forward to working with the
secretary to make Illinois the best state in the nation when it
comes to preparing our youth for the privileges of driving in their
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I have always been aware of the need for extra safety measures
for young drivers, but this issue has become a top priority because
of the terrible reality of 15 young people being killed in
traffic-related accidents in just 15 months in Tazewell County
Obtaining a driver's license is seen by many as a rite of passage
in our society, but we must make our young people understand that
operating a motor vehicle is not a right, but a privilege. The state
can and should impose additional safety regulations on teenage
drivers to protect them and others with whom they share our roads.
State Senator, 44th District
(Posted Feb. 17, 2007)
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