IT'S CHANGING IN ILLINOIS
I can appreciate what you're saying, but at least in Illinois the laws are more stringent now for teen drivers. I'm on my third teen learning to drive, and now they must have 25 documented hours of practice, and they must bring the piece of paper that parents have initialled with them to get the license. Yes, it's possible to fudge this, but why would any parent in his/her right mind do so? Also, for the first six months teen drivers have their license, they are only allowed one other passenger (other than immediate family) who is under the age of 20, and there are rules about driving after dark as well.
My daughter has only just finished drivers' ed. Her class was only 9 weeks in summer school (it is a whole semester during the school year), but they had a textbook, projects involving topics like what intersection would you improve in your town and why, and both simulator and behind the wheel instruction. In theory she could get the license on her birthday next week, but in reality her dad and I have already said it will be at least January and perhaps longer if we don't get enough snow for her to practice bad weather driving first. Laws provide the framework, and school provides the forum for learning, but parents have the last word and the responsibility to make sure their kids learn as much as possible before turning them loose on the big bad world. Much of it is just learning the hard way, unfortunately, but you can equip them with the ability to make the correct decisions as much as possible.
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