247 Texas Drivers Safety Course  

Welcome to 247 Texas Drivers Safety Course.

Most States offer drivers safety courses in some way. Somes States call it traffic school, others call it defensive driving or driver improvement. The State of Texas refers to these courses as "Texas Driver Safety Courses" but they can also be commonly referred to as Texas Drivers Safety, Texas Drivers Safety Courses, Ticket Dismissal Courses or Texas Defensive Driving. Regardless of what they may be referred to, completion of these courses all resuly in the same benefits to the student.

Most students take a Texas Drivers Safety Course in order to dismiss their traffic tickets. The State of Texas allows this dismissal just once every 12 months for eligible students.

How do you know if you're eligible for a Texas Drivers Safety Course?

1. You have not participated in a Texas Drivers Safety Course in the last 12 months.

2. You are not currently participating in any other Texas Drivers Safety Course to dismiss any other violation.

3. You were not cited for any of the following:

• Speeding 25 mph or more above the posted speed limit
• No insurance or failure to maintain financial responsibility
• Leaving the scene of a collision
• Passing a School Bus, or
• If you were cited while driving in a Construction Zone

4. If you have a commercial driver's license you are not eligible to take Texas defensive driving

Top 10 Reasons people get tickets

1. Speeding - Ever find that you get annoyed at the driver that is just going the speed limit? If so, you're speeding! Every driver should always obey the Basic Speed Law, meaning each motorist should not travel at an unsafe rate of speed given prevailing traffic conditions such as visibility, number of cars on the road, weather, or the type of road. Speed limits are set to attempt to cap road traffic speed; there are several reasons for wanting to do this. It is often done with an intention to improve road traffic safety and reduce the number of road traffic casualties from traffic collisions.

2. Tailgating - It's never a good idea to follow another vehicle too closely, nor is it pleasant to be in the vehicle that is being followed closely. This act, commonly called "tailgating" is a common cause of collisions and is considered an aggressive driving habit.

3. Improper Lane Change - Never signal while you are in the process of changing lanes, or fail to use your turn signal. If you don't activate your signal sufficiently in advance of a lane change to notify other drivers of your intent to change lanes, you're not giving them the warning intended by the law mandating your use of the signal.

4. Failing to Stop or obey a traffic control signal - Sometimes stop signs seem like such a waste of time, wouldn't you agree? We'll don't - that was a trick question! Stop signs are in place for your safety and the safety of others. Every car has a blind spot. By stopping your car's movement, you get the opportunity to see that pedestrian that is crossing the street, or the car that is speeding through the intersection.

5. Running Red Lights - According to the National Campaign to stop red light running, traffic crashes are the single most significant cause of preventable death and injury in North America. In 2007 in the U.S., almost 900 people were killed and an estimated 153,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running.

6. Driving under the influence - Driving under the influence (driving while intoxicated, drunk driving, operating under the influence, drinking and driving, drink-driving, impaired driving) is the act of operating any motorized machinery after/during consuming alcohol or other drugs. DUI or DWI are synonymous terms that represent the criminal offense of operating (or in some jurisdictions merely being in physical control of) a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of bothten misjudges common driving procedures, often causing accidents and other damages

7. Failure to use a seatbelt - if your car is equipped with a seat belt, why not use it? Don't be lazy, it's not worth losing your life.

To increase the chance of survival in a collision, it is important that all occupants remain inside the vehicle. The seat belt prevents the driver from being thrown through the windshield during a collision. The number of passengers you are allowed to transport is in direct ratio to the number of seat belts in the vehicle. Shoulder straps are very effective at speeds below 35 mph. Above 35 mph, you could still hit the steering wheel, dashboard or windshield. However, when the seat belt and shoulder strap are worn together, the force of impact is reduced, and the resulting injury is therefore reduced.

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