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1-Sep-05 Brings Just released Traffic Laws to The Lone Star

By: Joe Gerstl

A number of notable Texas traffic and driving laws intended to improve safety on the roads and drivers education knowingness go into effect on Sep 1.

Drivers under the age of Drivers will nowadays have a harder time getting traffic violations done away with from their drivers. SB 1005 provides that if a driver younger than 25 years of age commits a traffic offense classified as a moving violation, the judge must demand the driver to complete a classroom based or online defensive driving course. In addition, if the driver holds a provisional driver license - in other words, is under motor vehicle operators years of age - they must submit to a Texas Department of Public Safety road test in addition to taking an offline or online defensive driving course. Failure by the driver to meet this requirement will result in a final conviction for that traffic offense.

Proof of insurance will be enforced through the new Texas law SB 1670. This law demands the Dept. of Insurance, in conjunction with Texas Dept. of Transportation and other agencies, to constitute a substantiation program for automobile insurance in order to try and scale down the number of uninsured motor vehicle operators.

SB 1257 disallows use of wireless communications gear (including cell telephones) for the first six months after adolescents get their driver licenses. The bill also prohibits passenger bus automobile operators transferring minors from using wireless communications devices, except in emergencies or when the vehicle is stopped. Use of wireless devices has become omnipresent and is under suspicion of inducing accidents.

Many of the items handled by these laws are discussed in the available Texas defensive driving courses provided online and in classroom settings. Prices might vary for drivers safety courses but the minimum they can be by law in the state of Texas is $25.

About the Author

Cindy Cashman operates Official Defensive Driving where traffic tickets can be eliminated through a defensive driving online course. Go to to Save the time, money and hassle of attending classroom based defensive driving classes.


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