Teen driving deaths are down almost 60 percent in Illinois since 2007. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, 58 teenagers died in car accidents in 2012, down from 144 in 2007. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White attributes that drop to the state’s stronger Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program, which took effect in 2008.
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“It is saving lives,” White said. “While I am pleased that this law is working, I still believe that when one of our teens get killed on our roads, that’s one too many.” The decrease in teen driving deaths in Illinois is outpacing the decline nationally. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, driving fatalities among teenagers has declined by around 40 percent since 2007.