***TRAFFIC TIP TUESDAY*** EEEEEK, my teenager is driving...Scares the heck out of me, what should I know. (Other than stay off the sidewalks;) In Illinois the Graduated Licensing Law was enacted January 2008 to lower the rate of teen driver fatalities, and it's worked. The law adjusted some stuff in the permit stage, but more importantly, it created driving restrictions for young drivers after they obtain their license. Basic overview: (there's lots more here http://ow.ly/Owys50f397D ) - DRIVERS LICENSE IS NO GOOD Sun.-Thurs., 10 p.m.-6 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 p.m.-6 a.m. unless coming/going directly from church/work/school/home. Otherwise, they are driving with a No Valid License (an arrestable offense) - First 12 months of having license, or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first, limited to one passenger under age 20, unless it's a sibling, stepsibling, child or stepchild of the driver. - ANY Cell phone use while driving, including a hands free device, is prohibited for drivers under age 19. - If the new driver gets a ticket while driving it's a mandatory court appearance that A PARENT MUST ATTEND! (day off of work) - 2 tickets in a 24 month time frame means they get their license suspended. ($$$$$) - Parents can view their kids driving records anytime from this page (link towards bottom) - Parents must give consent for kid to get a license, and can revoke that consent at any time. Any questions, contact your local friendly police officer!!! Deep breaths, bite nails, repeat.