Illinois Legislator Wants Driving Age Lowered to 14

An Illinois legislator wants to lower the age drivers get their permits in the state.

If his bill passes, kids in the state could be getting behind the wheel at 14.

Right now, the age requirement is 15.

The lawmaker presenting the bill says it will help young drivers comply with new state rules requiring them to have more driving practice.

He says the new rules are overloading the drivers' education system, because too many drivers are trying to fit in the instruction in too short of a time.

Reaction to the proposed bill is mixed.

Right now, the bill is waiting for approval in the House's Drivers' Education Committee.

The Illinois Secretary of State and Department of Transportation have already voiced their opposition to the bill.

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