Where exactly in Texas can you find mass transit? Metro does not go beyond the Houston city limits. How do you get to work? To get groceries? Get your kids to school or the doctor? What if you have a family emergency?
Thanks to a severe lack of sidewalks (even though it is one of the most basic parts of our infrastructure), people are risking their lives as they are forced to walk along side busy roads or in the street while walking to work, school, etc..
The harsh surcharge penalties leave many otherwise law abiding citizens, with suspended licenses. This leads to an increase in hit and run incidents as people are afraid of going to jail for driving (even if it was an accident and they could help the person by staying).
If you have a financial emergency and miss a payment, how is charging you more going to help the situation? The program actually creates more uninsured drivers and thanks to the Driver Responsibility Program, more unlicensed drivers (who couldn't afford extensive fees created to balance the budget in 2003).
If money is not an issue, then the DRP Surcharges are not an issue. However, many other Texas Drivers simply cannot afford the outrageous fines (which are in addition to whatever you pay in court). The law is unfair and unconstitutional, and amounts to the very essence of double jeopardy, as well as imprisonment for debt.
Insurance rates have skyrocketed and many people face feeding their kids or paying the bills. If it is the law to have insurance, than it should be more affordable.
Preventing people from working creates more costly problems in Texas. My complaints about the surcharge program~ you can have a clean record and get one ticket for an expired driver's license, then go to court, take care of it, and more than a year later, receive a surcharge that you had never heard of before, not even in court. If you cannot pay, then you lose your license or go to jail. Most people have no idea that they even owe money in the first place.
Offenses like an expired DL or missing one insurance payment is not directly related to Trauma care costs. Illegal immigration and individuals without heath insurance are the real factors. Also, just because you miss one payment does not mean that you are not covered, so the insurance verification program is fining or arresting people illegally. See legal def. of 'proof of financial responsibility'.
If the state was truly concerned with drivers having insurance, they would not try to extort more money out of someone just because they were having trouble making a payment on their insurance. The surcharge is only prolonging the time that people may risk driving uninsured. The surcharges are also going to pay for the Trans Texas corridor.
Who receives money from the surcharges? www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_i...
Each surcharge collected by the department under this law will be remitted to the Comptroller, on a monthly basis. Trauma centers and county and regional emergency medical services will receive 49.5 percent of the collected money, and the Texas Mobility fund will receive 49.5 percent of the collected money. The money that goes to trauma centers will be handled by the Texas Department of Health, while the **Texas Department of Transportation ** will handle money going to the **Mobility fund**, which funds highway projects, including the **Trans-Texas Corridor**. The remaining one percent of the collected money will go to DPS for operation of the Driver Responsibility program.
The DRP legislation is engineered to generate revenue for the Trans-Texas Corridor. It was established to coincide with the law authorizing the TTC.
Great Study- www.nedlc.org/center/license.pdf