DPS Expands Surcharge Relief for the Poor

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday the start of a second program to help poor drivers pay off expensive surcharges and get their driver’s licenses back. 

Under the controversial Driver Responsibility Program, drivers who receive certain traffic violations face hefty surcharges in addition to fines and legal costs associated with the traffic ticket. Texans caught driving without insurance, without a license and while intoxicated are charged the additional fees, and failure to pay results in a suspended license. The DPS has suspended more than 1.2 million licenses since Texas enacted the program in 2003.

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