Senator Huffines: Repeal the Driver Responsibility Program - Don Huffines for Texas Senate

  

Senator Huffines: Repeal the Driver Responsibility Program

Stands with Senator Ellis in supporting SB 93, eliminating burdensome DRP program.

 

Austin - Senator Don Huffines (R-Dallas) strongly supports Senate Bill 93, authored by Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), which would repeal the Driver Responsibility Program.  The DRP was created in 2003 to enhance public safety and as a means to generate revenue to fund Texas trauma centers. But the program has become a debtor's prison and has created backlogs and passed on undue costs in county courts.  There are as many as 1.3 million drivers who now have invalid licenses because of an inability or unwillingness to pay the surcharges on top of the criminal penalties and court fines. Less than 40 percent of the surcharges have been collected since the program started.


Senator Huffines participated in a press conference earlier today with Senator Ellis and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, the Texas Association of Business, the Sherriff's Association of Texas, and other supportive stakeholders


Senator Huffines stated: "The Driver Responsibility Program has created more problems than it has solved.  Instead of helping people or increasing safety, punitive DRP fees are a heavy burden on low and middle income Texans. It's past time to eliminate this hurtful and unnecessary program, which is a modern day debtor's prison."

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