The new version, available in a printable, online-only format, includes new information on texting while driving and other clarifications passed by the recent Texas legislative session.
The handbook also includes practical suggestions on what the public should expect and actions to follow if they are pulled over by a law enforcement officer.
According to DPS, this information was created through input from a working group consisting of interested parties, including advocacy attorneys, civil liberty organizations, law enforcement and legislative members.
These suggestions are also intended to serve as a foundation for education materials that will be developed as a result of Senate Bill 30, requiring the creation of curriculum for public school and driver’s education students to provide training on interaction with peace officers.
DPS says that the changes to the handbook were made to help new Texas drivers in learning the rules of the road and to enhance public safety for all Texans by making roadways safer.