New Laws Targeting Teen Drivers

CHICAGO (AP) -- Among the new regulations that start today (Tuesday), the state learner's permit period increases from three to nine months and nighttime curfews now apply to 17-year-olds instead of only to 16-year-olds.

The time for curfew changes as well. Curfew now begins at 10 p.m. on weekdays instead of 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weekends instead of midnight.

Other new laws affect drunk driving in the state. Among them, underage drivers' licenses will be suspended for three months for transferring, consuming or possessing alcohol.

Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vitch) says the laws will keep state roads safer by making sure young drivers are prepared to get behind the wheel.

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