The Source: Program Funding Trauma Centers Called Failure
This episode of The Source originally aired April 16th, 2014
More than a billion dollars was collected by the Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program in its 11 years of existence. The program, administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety, levies additional -- some argue exceedingly high -- costs on serial driving offenders, the uninsured, and those caught drinking and driving.
Critics are arguing the program has failed to address what it was intended to, citing increases in drunk driver fatalities and unlicensed and uninsured motorists on Texas roads. Instead, organizations like the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition argued in a report it has a adverse effect on Texas drivers.