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Terrible reality of 15 young people killed in 15 months in one county underscores need to protect young drivers          Send a link to a friend

Dear Editor:

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 later years.

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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 alone.

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.

Bill Brady
State Senator, 44th District

(Posted Feb. 17, 2007)

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