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New Texting Laws in Driver Education


Federal democratic lawmakers called for states to ban texting while driving or lose 25 percent of their annual federal highway funding. This legislation would require states to ban texting or e-mailing while operating a moving vehicle.

Teens taking driving education will have to face new laws banning the use of wireless communication. Patrick Barrett, founder of Driver Ed in a Box®,, stated “This proposed federal legislation is in keeping with the research that demonstrates the hazards of cell phone use while driving.”

A recent study released by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truck drivers have 23 times greater risk of collisions when texting. In addition, the researchers found the risk of texting applied to all drivers, not just truckers.

Mr. Barrett explained, “In a vehicle, they have the same effect. This is why many states have banned the use of cell phones for minors while driving a car. Some places have limited bans for adults using cell phones while driving. The fact is, even when a driver, especially a young driver, hears a cell phone ring, the question is who is it? That runs through their mind and creates a tremendous distraction.”

For more information about the use of cell phones and driving, please see our blog at For teenagers, cell phones and driving are like drinking and driving – a deadly combination.

Can anything be done to make teens safe drivers?

A Texas study demonstrates that certain teen drivers have fewer crashes. According to the Texas study, these teens use a product called Driver Ed in a Box®. Mr. Barrett states “Parents who follow the Driver Ed in a Box® program provide nine months to a year of extended supervised training to teach their teen to drive. And fortunately, our product walks you through the complete process step by step.”

According to Mr. Barrett, “A review of the driving records of the graduates of our parent-taught driver education course, Driver Ed in a Box®, shows that our 16 year old graduates have a collision rate of only 1.7%. Studies show that 16 year old drivers in the state of Texas using other methods of driver education have a collision rate of 11.4%.” This study can be viewed at

About Driver Ed in a Box, LLC:
Driver Ed in a Box, LLC was started by Patrick L. Barrett (Pat), a nationally known expert in training for collision-free driving. We are a company with a mission to provide families with the knowledge and tools necessary to build the habits of safe, collision-free driving.


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