New Drivers Ed Law To Take Effect on May 1st

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Starting May 1st, the State of Texas will require anyone who enrolls in driver education course to go through more behind the wheel training, and some say it's not such a bad idea.

"I hate to blame kids, but really it's anyone who is an inexperienced driver. Anyone who gets this extra training will be better prepared," Cpl. Shanna Malone with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.

At least that's what the state is hoping. Beginning Saturday, new drivers will have to spend more time behind the wheel before even thinking about taking that driving test.
"I think it's a great idea because there are so many bad drivers out there," Andre Chance, who supports the new law, said.

"People do need more training, people just don't pay attention," Chance Pool, who also supports the new law, said.

The new law requires new drivers to take additional 20 hours of behind the wheel training, including 10 hours of night time instruction. Young drivers say it's a law that couldn't have come at a better time.

"A lot of kids nowadays, they don't pay attention on the road," Pool said.

"In this area, there are so many more accidents than other cities," Chance said.

Law enforcement officials say while the new law may seem a little more strict, it's really just a few more hours to ensure safety for everyone on the road.

"If we can get more instruction before getting people behind the wheel, we'll get positive results from this," Malone said.

The new law does not apply to new Texas residents who currently have a valid license.