ILLINOIS

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IN 2017 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
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TEN-YEAR TOTAL
1000000
ANNUAL ECONOMIC COST OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

Illinois Rating: Caution

Illinois needs improvement because of gaps in Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Booster Seat Law
  • 
GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction Provision
  • GDL- Stronger Passenger Restriction Provision
  • GDL- Age 18 for Unrestricted License

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front & Rear)
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period Provision
  • GDL – 50 Hours of Supervised Driving Provision
  • GDL – Cell Phone Restriction
  • IID for All Offenders
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction
  • Rear Facing Through Age 2 Law

*States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

In 2017, 153 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in Illinois.

The current GDL law in Illinois includes the following components:

  • A three-stage licensing system beginning at age 15 for learner’s permit, age 16 for the intermediate stage, and age 18 for full licensure
  • A mandatory 9 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving during the learner’s permit stage, at least 10 of which must be at night
  • A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. (11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday) during the intermediate stage
  • A passenger restriction prohibiting more than one passenger younger than age 20 for the first 12 months after licensure
  •  A prohibition on non-emergency use of cell phones and other communications devices until age 19
  • A prohibition on texting while driving for all drivers

These changes are needed to improve Illinois’ GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions:

  • Require age 16 for entry into the learner’s permit stage
  • Require a nighttime driving restriction for the entire intermediate stage through age 17

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