Tribpedia: Driver Responsibility Program

Tribpedia

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 ...

Read More...

Is Traffic Surcharge Program a Trap for Texas Drivers?

Charles Farmer, a parking lot painter in the Austin area, had his driver's license suspended after missing surcharge payments under Texas' Driver Responsibility Program.
Charles Farmer, a parking lot painter in the Austin area, had his driver's license suspended after missing surcharge payments under Texas' Driver Responsibility Program.

For years, critics have called for an end to the Driver Responsibility Program, arguing that it traps poor and working-class Texans in a cycle of missed payments and suspended licenses. But because the program brings in millions of dollars every year — money that is earmarked for hospital trauma centers — it has proved stubbornly hard to kill

Bill Seeks Repeal of Driver Responsibility Program

Lawmakers are once again working to end a surcharge program they say is ineffective and unfair. But the program also provides millions of dollars to trauma centers across Texas, and the prospect of eliminating those funds has medical groups worried.

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.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of July 26, 2010

Stiles' and Torres' three-parter on the changing Texas political map, Ramsey on questions about Brian Birdwell's voting history and residency, Aguilar on the Obama administration's immigration crackdown, Reed on hospitals that won't induce early labor, Stiles on what Troy Fraser left off his financial disclosure form, the latest installment of Hu's Face-Off video debate series, Grissom on the problem-plagued Driver Responsibility Program, Galbraith on the controversy over fracking and M. Smith's interview with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Harriet O'Neill: The best of our best from July 26 to 30, 2010.