Driver Responsibility Program unlikely to dissolve - FOX34 Lubbock

Driver Responsibility Program unlikely to dissolve

If you get a ticket for certain violations like speeding, driving without insurance, or driving while intoxicated and haven't paid or at least set up a payment plan within 30 days, your license will be suspended. 

The state enacted the Driver Responsibility Program in 2003. It uses additional fees to fund the state's emergency trauma care system. Since the number of systems in Texas has increase by 32 over the past 12 years, it's unlikely that the program will be dissolved. DPS Sergeant John Gonzalez says sometimes the surcharges pile up due to people not updating their addresses. 

"If we send it to the last known address, that's a notification whether you live there or not because you haven't updated your address. It's up to you to do that for us because the law says you need to change your address every time that you move. That way, if something were to happen to you we can make a notification to your family."

Gonzalez says it's tough to differentiate between what type of offenses are committed by the 300 thousand in Texas who have had their licenses suspended by the program. 

"Unfortunately, these folks that you're talking about are the ones who have been caught. Of the 300 thousand, could half of them be no insurance? Maybe one fourth? I don't know," Gonzalez said. 

He advises to make a payment arrangement as soon as possible to avoid a license suspension. It usually can financially work with the offender. If you owe money in surcharges, click here to construct an affordable payment plan. 

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