New driver course to combat distracted driving going into effect next month

Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 12:02:06-04

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced a new one-hour driving course to educate drivers on the dangers of distracted driving. The Impact Texas Young Drivers course will be required for certain drivers beginning Sept. 1. 

Starting Sept. 1, all skills examination applicants 18 and older must complete the free ITYD course and obtain proof of course completion prior to taking the driving skills examination. Drivers 18 to 24 must also complete the 6-hour adult driver education course prior to the skills examination. 

ITYD is the second course offered through he Impact Texas Driver (ITD) program, which was developed by DPS in 2015 to help save lives through awareness and education related to distracted driving. 

For more information about Impact Texas Drivers, visit

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