Bill Seeks Repeal of Driver Responsibility Program

A bill filed Monday by state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, seeks to repeal the controversial Driver Responsibility Program, which penalizes drivers convicted of certain traffic offenses with annual surcharges.

Gonzales' bill is just the latest in a years-long campaign by critics to put an end to a program they say is ineffective and unfair. But the program also provides millions of dollars to trauma centers across Texas, and the specter of eliminating those funds has emergency care providers worried.  

"It would have a huge impact on the trauma system as we know it," said Dinah Welsh, CEO of the ...

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