New driver education program now required for teens Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Ellis County on September 01, 2015 by Staff Report AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety today announced the implementation of the Impact Texas Teen Driver program (ITTD), which is a new requirement for driver license applicants who complete a teen driver education course. The two-hour ITTD program contains several videos that provide awareness about the dangers of distracted driving."Driving is one of the most dangerous things teens do on a daily basis, and it should command their undivided attention," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "This new component of teen driver education underscores the risks of distracted driving, and is designed to provide young and inexperienced drivers with additional information and skills to help keep them and others safe on the road."Beginning September 1, 2015, anyone who takes a teen driver education course – including Parent Taught Driver Education – must also complete the ITTD program, which consists of watching the video and printing out the ITTD completion certificate. ITTD should be completed after the classroom hours and all behind-the-wheel instruction, and it is the last step before taking the driving skills examination. (Individuals aged 18-24, who choose to complete a teen driver education course, must also complete the ITTD program.)In order to take the driver skills examination, student drivers must present the ITTD completion certificate along with their driver’s education course certificate of completion. The skills examination must be completed within 90 days of date on the ITTD certificate of completion. DPS has been providing information about ITTD when student drivers apply for their learner’s permit.For more information about ITTD or to complete the course, visit https://impacttexasteendrivers.dps.texas.gov/. You can also visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/ittdPrgm.htm. You may also be interested in readingDPS increases school bus safety effortsCOLUMN: Beefing up security with enhanced security trainingTwo established Ellis County newspapers cutting backDPS encourages vigilance on 15th anniversary of 9/11Scarborough announces scholarship programCOLUMN: New training requirements for officersOff-duty Ferris police officer helped capture felony suspect in DallasWISD bus driver recognized for actions during tornado warningCandidate profile: Johnny BrownETMC Ellis County pullout: Writing was on the wall ← Legislative Medal of Honor awarded to Chris Kyle and William DyessLone Star Park and Texas horse racing tracks cease operations → You must log in to post a comment.