State Sen. Bob Hall says Texas’ Driver Responsibility Program was well-intentioned once. But it took the same path as most good intentions on its way to crippling the state’s low-income drivers.
The basics of the state’s Driver Responsibility Program, or DRP, are straightforward enough. When a driver gets a ticket, for anything, Texas adds a surcharge to the fine and uses that money to pay for mainly rural trauma care that otherwise couldn’t be paid for.
The problem is, DRP nets Texas about $145 million a year – almost half the overall cost of uncompensated trauma care in the state – at the expense of low-income drivers.