Why are there special requirements for teenagers to get their
driver's licenses in Illinois? As a group, teens have the worst driving
records out of all drivers. They are young, inexperienced, and more
prone to risk-taking than older drivers are. According to the US
Department of Transportation, 16% of all reported auto accidents in
2006 involved drivers between the ages of 15-20. Also in 2006, 3,490
drivers in that age group died in automobile accidents, according to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In Illinois, according to statistics cited by the Secretary of State's
Teen Driver Safety Task Force, in 2005 there were 260 fatalities from
crashes involving teenage drivers. Because of these statistics,
Illinois has instituted a graduated licensing program for teen drivers
and requires at least 50 hours of driving practice with a parent or
guardian before drivers under 18 can get their licenses.