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To pay for trauma centers, state program sinks thousands of Texas drivers into deep debt

In Texas, people with unpaid traffic tickets can lose their driver's licenses and even go to jail because of the Driver Responsibility Program. Though lawmakers acknowledge the policy disproportionately hurts the poor, they've struggled to eliminate it.

A driver license reclamation clinic held in Austin on June 22, 2018.
People wait at a driver license reclamation clinic in Austin on June 22, 2018.

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