Starting in 2015, the State of Texas implemented the distracted driver program for 16 and 17-year-olds. The program was put in place to help reduce the number of distracted driving wrecks and save lives. It started as a one-hour program explicitly targeted to younger drivers, which account for a large percentage of the distracted driving wrecks on Texas roads.
Now, the course is a 6-hour program that is followed by an actual skills test. The goal of the program is to continue to train and educate drivers ranging from 16-18 years of age as well as all new drivers in the State of Texas.
1. Why All the Attention?
Texting and driving were not officially illegal in Texas until September 1 of this year, which was just a few weeks ago, most people believe that it is okay for them text and drive. Much like the awareness that drunk driving before laws got put in place so we could begin to curb the number of people being killed on the roadways each year by preventable violations of the traffic safety rules.
2. What Is Next?
There will be a new focus on adult drivers starting in 2018. Within five years of beginning the initial young driver program to curb distracted driving, Texas will have a version of the program required to be completed by all drivers on the roadways.
3. Does the Course Help?
"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," DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a press release. The program uses research and real stories to expose some of the dangers facing drivers.
I want you to think back to all lessons you have learned in your life. Most have either been from something negative happening to you personally, to someone you know very well, or being presented with an actual in-depth life experience of someone else, and using their tragedy to spread awareness.
This program is intended to prevent citizens from having to endure their tragedy, knowing they could have prevented a wreck by just being aware and attentive.
What Do We Do About It?
Here at The Button Law Firm, we are continually pushing for awareness through our clients. We want the public to know what happens when they make dangerous decisions while driving distracted. We stand behind and fight for each distracted driving victim that we represent.
If you or a loved one was involved in a wreck involving a distracted driver or what you believe was to be distracted driving, please reach out to us sooner than later for more information.
We handle distracted driving cases all over Texas. Whether you live in Dallas, Midland, or Houston, our team is ready to help ensure that you get the closure you need. Connect with us online or call us at 214-888-2216.