Illinois is celebrating the decline of teenage-drive deaths. According to the Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, the state’s rates of teenage-driver deaths have decreased by 51 percent since 2007. White contributes the decline to the state’s graduated license program which gives teens more time to gain experience behind the wheel, moving from one stage to another with parent or guardian supervision. The program, White says, limits in car distractions. 76 teenage-driver fatalities were reported in 2016. The state reported 155 fatalities in 2007 the year before the program was introduced.