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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  • by curtis Location: amboy on Jan 2, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    thats all sound great on the new driving law but I would not get my license till my senior year. Fot the way my birthday falls And I will want to get a job So Im not in favor of this at all.It is the parents responsible to set ground rules and to watch how there kids drive.
  • by Arielle Location: Home on Jan 1, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    The curfew change for 17 year olds seems rather fuzzy to me in that I have just graduated high school and plan on holding night shift jobs while not taking my college courses. I was wondering if the law applies to those who are travelling to/from work? Thank you for your time.
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