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Graduated Driver's License

In Illinois, like most states, beginning drivers have a higher number of automobile accidents. To help reduce the incidence, the State instituted a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program to start young drivers out in a phased-in period of driving with a number of requirements that impact the teen and the parents or guardians charged with supervising them. If the teen or the supervising adult of the teen violates the terms the GDL, or the teen has an accident during the period, full driving privileges could be jeopardized, A experienced GDL program attorney can protect your driving privileges and defend your rights. Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. has successfully expedited teen driver-related traffic violations and GDL violations in Illinois.

Contact an experienced attorney at (630) 472-9700 for a free case evaluation.

Graduated Driver Licensing Legal Requirements in Illinois

In order to increase the success of young drivers on the road, and better protect other drivers and pedestrians, Illinois has set standards of graduated privilege in the GDL program, which essentially covers:

  • The beginner learner stage of supervised driving, accumulating with driving tests;
  • The intermediate stage of limited unsupervised driving during particularly high risk times and situations; and
  • The unrestricted stage of full privilege with a standard driver's license.

A teenager in the State's GDL program has driving privileges phased with these criteria:

  • Minimum age for learning permit is 15;
  • Minimum learning period is 6 months;
  • Required hours for supervised driving (50 hours during the daytime and 10 hours at night);
  • Age for driving permit is 16;
  • Restricted driving times during intermediate driving (Sun.-Thurs. 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Fri-Sat, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.);
  • Passengers restricted to one unrelated person; and
  • Full privilege minimum age of 18 for night, with passenger at least 17.

Teens must have no traffic convictions to graduate through the licensing phase of the GDL Program, must have parents with them in court to defend tickets, and face additional requirements and restrictions to keep their license if they commit such violations as not wearing seat belts, driving outside of curfew times, using cell phones while driving (prohibited through age 19), or texting while driving.

Call (630) 472-9700 for GDL Program Violations Representation

The traffic defense attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. know young people seeking driving privileges are going to make mistakes, some costly. We are a highly qualified law firm with years of experience in criminal defense, and traffic violations. Teens and their parents going through graduated licensing programs can depend on our skill in defending against all possible teen driving scenarios to help you protect your drivers license. Our lawyers treat every case with a sense of urgency and importance you deserve. We have convenient offices serving clients in DuPage County and the Chicagoland area. Contact us right away to discuss your GDL case. Your initial consultation is free.

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