DPS Institutes Surcharge Breaks for the Poor

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

More than 1.2 million Texans licenses have been suspended since Texas enacted the Driver Responsibility Program in 2003. The DRP imposes hefty surcharges on drivers who receive certain traffic violations, such as driving without a license or driving without insurance. They must pay annual surcharges in addition to fines and court costs associated with the initial traffic ticket, or the DPS suspends the driver's license. In 2009, lawmakers ordered DPS ...

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