New law requires young adults to take driving course

By WEEK Producer

New law requires young adults to take driving course

June 27, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois adults ages 18-20 who did not take driver’s education will now be required to take a 6-hour driving course before applying for a license.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced the new law, which takes effect July 1.

It is part of his Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

“Since we implemented one of the nation’s most comprehensive GDL programs in 2008, teen driving fatalities have dropped nearly 60 percent,” said White. “But even the best programs can be made better, and this legislation will help strengthen our state’s GDL program, and hopefully save more lives.”

Before the law, anyone age 18 or over could apply for a license even without a driver’s ed course.

The six hour course will consist of instruction on traffic safety, such as traffic laws and prevention of the most common driving accidents.

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