Texas teens working toward getting their driver’s license will now be required to pass a new distracted driving course in order to get their license.
Every day more than nine people are killed and more than 1,100 people are injured in the United States by distracted drivers. It is a growing problem that is especially prevalent among teens.
The new course aims to raise awareness among teens about the serious risks associated with using their cellphone or other distractions while behind the wheel. The two-hour program titled the Impact Texas Teen Driver (ITTD) program was implemented on Sept. 1 and must be completed by anyone who takes a teen driver education course.
The program consists of watching a video and then printing out a certificate of completion. It is the last step after an applicant has completed classroom hours and the driving instruction course, but before they take the driving skills exam. Teens will have 90 days from the completion of the ITTD course to complete the driving exam.
Although Texas does not have a statewide law banning the use of cell phones while behind the wheel, some local areas do prohibit or limit the use of the devices while driving.
Any kind of distraction that pulls your attention away from the road for even just a couple of seconds significantly increases your risk of being involved in an accident. Whether you look down to see a text message, a post on Facebook or to fiddle with your high-tech dashboard, you are putting both your life and everyone around you at risk.
The highly skilled Fort Worth auto accident attorney at our law firm has seen the injuries and loss of life that often result from a distracted driving accident. If you are the victim of a negligent driver, contact one of our offices for a free case evaluation. A personal injury attorney from our firm can help you get the justice you deserve.
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