Learning to drive is more complicated than it used to be, with more rules about how much supervision your parents have to give you, how many unrelated passengers you can have, and so on. Secretary of State Jesse White says the regulations of the “graduated driver’s license,” implemented since a stretch of teen fatalities in Tazewell County in the middle of the last decade, are responsible for a 55 percent drop in teen driving deaths since then.
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“Driving is not a right, driving is a privilege,” says White. “The secretary of state gives out the driver’s licenses, which means: he who giveth can taketh away.” White on Monday will present a safe driving award to Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.