Illinois teen-driving bill passes Senate

| Tuesday, April 01, 2003

The Illinois Senate passed a bill March 26 that restricts who rides with young drivers.

Under SB58, sponsored by Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, beginning drivers would be limited to one passenger younger than 20 in the vehicle. That provision does not apply when an adult rides along or when the teen-ager is carting siblings.

“The purpose of the Graduated Licensing Program is to develop safe and mature driving habits in young, inexperienced drivers and reduce or prevent motor vehicle accidents, fatalities and injuries,” Cullerton wrote.

The limit would apply to teens “for the first year of the license or until the person reaches the age of 18, whichever occurs sooner.”

A violation is a petty offense and subject to a maximum fine of $1,000, Arlington Heights' Daily Herald reported. Cullerton removed a teen-driving curfew that was originally in the bill.

The proposal, approved 39 to 16 in the Senate, now moves to the House for consideration.

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