DRP Helps Trauma Centers Save Lives, Supporters Say

Lives are at stake if the Legislature fails to appropriate the full amount of the Driver Responsibility Program fund, medical professionals said at a Capitol press conference today.

Intended to solve the problem of uncompensated trauma care, the program receives the proceeds from surcharges for moving violations like driving while intoxicated and speeding more than 10 miles per hour over the limit. In initial budget proposals, lawmakers have resisted alloting the fund's full amount for trauma care because it helps pad the state's general revenue account.

“It’s sort of a savings account for the state,” said Dinah Welsh, CEO ...

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