Teens Need More Time to Earn License

When Illinois teenagers transition from the 10-speed to the automatic transmission, they need 25 hours at the helm of the family grocery getter. Until Thursday, that is.

A new law, effective immediately, doubles the required time behind the wheel. Though many parents feel the new law is an improvement, others say it adds problems to an already hectic family schedule.

The idea is that young drivers on their own will be safer if they have had more experience in the car with a family member. A rookie on the road, Crystal Saunders says a few of her friends have been involved in accidents. But she says some people are simply poor drivers that extra time won't help.

Regardless of what teens and their parents think, statistics show that teen drivers are four times more likely to crash than older drivers. Two out of every five U.S. teens that die every year are killed in traffic accidents.


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