TEXAS (KMID/KPEJ) - Starting on September 1, certain drivers in Texas will have another test they must pass when obtaining a state license.
Texas Drivers License applicants will be required to take the "Impact Texas Young Drivers" course officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety announced in a news release this week.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says "this course is for drivers 15-17 years of age that have completed a teen driver education course or Parent Taught Driver Education course. Or for drivers 18-24 who completed a teen driver education course."
"Driving is one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis, and it should command out undivided attention, DPS Director Steven McCraw said. "The new component of the department's distracted driving program is designed to provide Texas drivers with critical information to help keep their focus on driving and ultimately save lives on Texas roadways."
In addition to the new course, drivers 18-24 will also be required to complete a six-hour driver education course prior to the skills examination.
The new course comes just a few months after a texting-while-driving ban was passed in the state legislature during the regular session.
For more information visit www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/ITD.htm.
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