Thursday, April 26, 2007
Illinois: Bill Would Open Teen Driving Records to Parents
The Illinois state legislature is advancing a number of measures to restrict the ability of teenagers to drive. A proposal to give parents online access to the driving records of their teenage children cleared the state House in 114-0 vote last month. The state Senate Transportation Committee postponed action on the bill yesterday. The online reports available to parents under the legislation include whether a motorist under the age of 18 has refused a breath alcohol test, had a license suspended or received a citation for a moving traffic violation. A broader bill including a number of new teen driving restrictions passed the state Senate 54-2 last month. It is currently before the state House Rules Committee. SB 172 would raise of the driving curfew age from 17 to 18. This forbids anyone under 18 from driving between 11pm and 6am unless he is driving to work, church or "exercising First Amendment rights protected by the United States Constitution, such as the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, and the right of assembly." For drivers of all age, police may confiscate for five days a vehicle whose driver is merely accused of street racing. The state House passed a third bill with a 74-39 vote last month to require young motorists with learner's permits to display large "student driver" stickers on any vehicle they drive.
Courtesy of www.thenewspaper.com