DPS To Start Requiring Distracted Driving Course to Get License

The Department of Public Safety is adding a new course on distracted driving to the materials which young people must pass in order to get a driver's license, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis, and it should command our undivided attention," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "This new component of the department's distracted driving initiative uses research and compelling true stories to highlight the many risks facing drivers. This important program is designed to provide Texas drivers with critical information to help keep their focus on driving – and to ultimately save lives on Texas roadways."

There will be two separate programs, one required for teens between 15 and 17 who study drivers education, and the other for older driving students, between 18 and 25.  A new program will be introduced next year for drivers older than 25 who are taking the exam.

The course will only be for people getting their initial license, and will not be required for license renewals, said DPS Spokesman Tom Vinger.

Drivers say its a fantastic idea.

"Anywhere from the ages of 14 to 40 or 50, people are the same way with the phone," one woman told 1200 WOAI.  "They got it in their hands constantly.

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