A new one-hour long driving course to educate first-time drivers on the dangers of distracted driving will be required beginning September 1 this year.
The Texas Department of Public Safety made the announcement on Thursday.
"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 in a statement. "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."
All skills examination applicants 18 and older must complete the free Impact Texas Young Drivers course, and obtain proof of course completion prior to taking the driving skills examination.
Drivers 18 to 24 must complete the 6-hour adult driver education course prior to the skills examination.
The ITYD is the second course offered through the Impact Texas Drivers program which was developed by DPS in 2015 to help save lives through awareness and education related to distracted driving.