So what does that mean for Texas teens?
If almost half of the states in the U.S. have already placed bans on cell phone use for drivers under the age of 18, it means that Texas could be next. Senate Bill 1077 already has some changes in mind for Texas teens.
So what exactly would SB 1077 change?
- The bill would require school districts to consider offering driver education and traffic safety courses during each school year.
- It would increase the number of “behind-the-wheel” instruction from seven hours to minimum 34 hours, for drivers under the age of 18. Ten of those will involve nighttime driving, which is not a current requirement.
- The bill would double the term for when graduated driver license (GDL) restrictions apply. Instead of six months, the restrictions would be in place for 12 months.
- The bill would also require an on-road driving test (Until 1995 Texas required drivers to take an on-road driving test before a driver could get their license).
So how close is it to becoming reality?
It has already been passed in the Senate and is in the House waiting to be passed. T-driver.com will have updated information about the bill within the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more details.