Parents now have access to driving records online

The Illinois House of Representatives recently approved legislation initiated by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and sponsored by State Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago) that will allow parents or guardians access to the driving records of their teen-agers via the Internet.

Under the proposal (HB 518), parents and guardians can view their teen-agers’ driving record for free online. Parents will be able to access the youth’s record until the child turns 18.

“I would like to thank the House of Representatives for approving this legislation,” White said. “By giving adults access to their child’s driving record, we are giving them a tool to keep them more involved in their teen-agers’ driving patterns as they proceed through the Graduated Driver’s License program.”

A successful Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program increases driving privileges for safe and responsible drivers in a gradual fashion, while simultaneously identifying those drivers who display dangerous or reckless driving habits. Safe teen drivers will gradually see their driving restrictions ease accordingly as they move from one stage to the next under GDL. Parental involvement is a critical component of any successful GDL program.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 15 to 20. Several recent studies concluded comprehensive GDL programs reduce teen traffic fatalities.

White has also initiated new legislation (SB 172) that would strengthen Illinois’ GDL program and enhance the safety of young, novice drivers. The bill gives teens more time to obtain valuable driving experience while under the watchful eye of a parent or guardian, limits in-car distractions, and requires the teens to earn their way from one stage to the next by avoiding traffic convictions.

SB 172 passed the Senate Transportation Committee and now proceeds to the full Senate.

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