Legislators Consider Repealing Driver Fees

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Lawmakers at the Capitol today debated eliminating a surcharge on traffic tickets that has been riddled with problems almost since its inception.

"We have created a bigger problem than we solved," said state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, whose bill that would abolish the Driver Responsibilty Program was debated in the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

The Driver Responsibility Program was created in 2003, the last time lawmakers were in a major financial bind. They hoped to generate money and discourage unsafe driving. The state attaches a hefty surcharge to the fines drivers already pay to the city ...

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