Tribpedia: Driver Responsibility Program


Facing a $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003, the Legislature created the Driver Responsibility Program to raise general revenue and fund trauma centers.

The DRP imposes surcharges on drivers who receive traffic violations. They must pay annual surcharges in addition to fines and court costs associated with the initial traffic ticket, or the Texas Department of Public Safety, which operates ...


Ending Driver Surcharges Will Rob Health Care Funding

On Tuesday, a House committee heard arguments over the future of the controversial Driver Responsibility Program — which pits outrage over heavy traffic fines on the poor against the state's need to finance trauma care in hospitals, which benefit from the fines.

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