Teens & Driving in Illinois
Convictions for two moving violations within a twenty-four month period will result in a suspension of driving privileges. Out-of-state tickets are considered for drivers over 21; three convictions within one year will result in the suspension of the teen’s driver’s license.
625 ILCS 5/6-206(a)(36)
Unlawful Consumption of Alchohol by a Minor
The Secretary of State has the authority to suspend or revoke driving privileges upon a conviction for unlawful consumption or possession of alcohol by a minor.
625 ILCS 5/6-206(a)(38)
Zero Tolerance for DUI, Alcohol or Drugs
An arrest for a moving violation is not required. If an officer suspects the use of alcohol or drugs, then the teen must submit to a test. If any amount of alcohol is present, this will result in a three- month suspension, if it is a first offense. The suspension period is one year for additional offenses. A minor’s refusal to submit to tests results is a six-month suspension, and a two-year suspension for subsequent offenses. Restricted driving permits for school or work are available, but difficult to obtain.
625 ILCS 5/11-501.
Driving Under the Influence
This is a Class “A” Misdemeanor. If convicted, the teen would face a fine of up to $2,500.00, court costs, an alcohol evaluation and treatment, attendance at a Victim Impact Panel, 364 days (with day-for-day credit to apply) in jail, and a revocation of driving privileges. In this scenario, the teen cannot apply for driving relief until the age of 21. The teen must then maintain Financial Responsibility insurance (SR-22 insurance, and more expensive) for three years. Supervision (a deferred sentence) may also be available, and also includes fines, court costs, an alcohol evaluation and treatment, and attendance at a Victim Impact Panel.
625 ILCS 5/6-206(a)(33)
Unlawful Possession of a Fake License
This offense will result in a one-year suspension or revocation of driving privileges, for mere possession.
625 ILCS 5/6-206(a)(10)
Seat belts and Passengers
Every driver under age 18 years of age must wear a seat belt. Only one passenger may ride in the front seat, and only as many passengers in the back as the number of seat belts.
625 ILCS 5/12-603
No driver under 18 years of age may drive a car while speaking on a cell phone (hands-free devices included).
625 ILCS 5/12-610.