The writer explores statistical information and puts together suggestions to reduce the number of teen driving fatalities. The suggestion includes a nationwide standard for obtaining and maintaining a driver license.
After a busy day of tutoring autistic children and singing in her school choir, year-old Nicole Hartmann rushes home, hoping to evade the police.
Nicole's no criminal, but she feels like one if she's out after 10 p. Under a new state law that took effect this year, and year-olds are banned from driving after 10 p.
Sunday through Thursday, and after 11 on Fridays and Saturdays. There are exemptions for driving home from work, school and religious activities, but Nicole's mother, Stacey, wasn't sure about that and didn't want to take a chance.
But her mixed feelings about the graduated driver's license situation in Illinois reflect confusion and resentment of the law among teens who have to go home earlier and parents sometimes forced to drive them. Experts say the law will save lives among new drivers, for whom traffic crashes are the leading cause of death.
As a result of the new law, Illinois has one of the toughest graduated driver's license laws in the country, and researchers predict it will decrease crash deaths among teenagers by 38 percent.
One of those teens presumably protected by the law is Susan Redmond's daughter, who will turn 18 in May. Her daughter baby-sits, and if she's out past 10, she either has the parents who hired her drive her home to Lombard, or she has her mother pick her up -- sometimes at 1 in the morning if the parents are returning from a wedding.
Even with the exemption from work, her daughter doesn't want police calling parents late at night to check on what she was doing, for fear families won't want her back. Still, Redmond says, "If a little inconvenience with my daughter makes one kid safer, then it's OK. Mike Goba of Lombard, a father of four -- three of whom are in their teens -- considers the law a way for politicians to look concerned while discriminating against responsible teenagers, rather than focusing on the few who get into serious accidents.
Seventeen-year-olds, in particular, had a taste of freedom before it was snatched away. Because curfew laws only apply to those 16 or younger, year-olds could drive late in December -- but not as of Jan.
So a year-old can be out with friends -- as long as he's not behind the wheel. Those who turn 18 first among their friends end up doing taxi service. Students at Buffalo Grove High School say many teens routinely violate the night-time driving restrictions.
I can't even see a 9 o'clock movie. It's not worth getting your license revoked. If they don't make it in time, "They just have to break the rules. In DuPage County, for instance, the state's attorney's office has only handled five cases of alleged violations.
Some municipalities, such as Buffalo Grove, have not yet issued a ticket for violating the nighttime driving restriction. That's not for lack of trying, traffic Sgt. It's difficult for police to enforce the law just by seeing teenagers drive by, because it's impossible to tell their exact age just by looking.
If police stop a teen driver for another violation, they will check the driver's age. If the driver claims to be on the way home from work or school, the officer will make a call to check with the school or employer, the following day if necessary.
Because many parents and teens are confused about the law, its exemptions and how it differs from general curfew, Kristiansen said police are trying to educate them through efforts like the "You're driving me crazy" program at Stevenson High School. While some municipalities might not put as much emphasis on traffic laws, Kristiansen maintained that enforcing the new law will save lives, despite any minor inconveniences.a.m.: Algonquin Police arrested a year-old Algonquin girl for violation of curfew at Ash and Hillcrest streets in Algonquin.
The teen was formally station adjusted and then released into. Curfews are also laws that effectively prohibit or limit the right to be out in public at certain times, or in some cases, require businesses to close their doors during certain hours.
There are three main types of curfew laws: juvenile curfew laws, emergency curfew laws, and business curfew laws. Curfew for Juveniles (Effective July 1, ) Ordinance , Code of Prince William County, Virginia, makes it unlawful in Prince William County for anyone 17 years of age or less to be, or remain, in any public place between the hours of.
Each parent has an extremely different curfews set for their children, based on the individual level of responsibility and trust levels. Some local government decides to set their own curfews, to keep teens off the streets at night and out of trouble. Free Essays on Curfews. Search. Curfew: Limited Freedom.
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or petty curfew violations. It is worth noting that the curfew is typically only enforced in the Black and Latino. Driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated, drunken driving, drunk driving, operating under the influence, drinking and driving, or impaired driving is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs including those prescribed by physicians.