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It seems like Texas has sold our debt, has sold the enforcement of the law that they’ve made to a private company, which doesn’t seem right to me. They have no particular reason to treat us fairly because all they want is money. So it puts you in the position of a debtor, it puts you in the position of essentially having to deal with a collections bureau because that’s all they are. They’re not interested in helping, they’re not interested in you being able to drive, they don’t care, frankly, whether you get notices or not because as long as they get their money, it doesn’t matter to them. And Texas is able to wash their hands clean of it because they’re not the ones who are having to deal with it.

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The main problem with this program is the withdrawal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which is the purpose of our role of government.

The main problem with this program is the withdrawal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness which is the purpose of our role of government. It is the role of government is to ensure everyone has those liberties. A driver’s license is our liberty. We live in a culture where people don’t ride horses, they drive cars, and this whole state cannot get by without driver’s licenses. They should be taken from people who are irresponsible and dangerous and have used their licenses irresponsibly. The whole driver’s license system was created so there were rules of the road and people knew what the rules of the road were. It was never meant to be something that was taken away from you if you didn’t pay what was owed.

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If I hadn’t been able to get my occupational license, it would’ve forced me to go on welfare. I wouldn’t be able to support my family and I would’ve lost everything I have. So, it not only affects people’s ability to drive, but it also makes it where you can’t afford to live. If you can’t get anywhere, because really, the jobs that I could get to close-by would make less than what it would cost for me to live in my apartment—and I live in a cheap apartment. There’s no way to pay the cost of living here if you’re not able to drive.

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      COMMITTEE:    Transportation
      TIME & DATE:  9:00 AM, Wednesday, January 27, 2016
      PLACE:        E1.016 (Hearing Room)
      CHAIR:        Senator Robert Nichols


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        Click here to read the stories. Use the form below to send us your story.

        We are gathering stories about how the Texas Driver Responsibility Program has affected the lives of people in our state. Your story is important! If you would like to tell your story, use the form below.

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        Texas DRP: Driver Surcharge Brings Financial Chaos to Texans

        The following article can be found at the Dallas Morning News.

        Meet Devin Mitchell, wanted woman.

        “I feel like a criminal, and I’m not a criminal,” she insists. “It’s so infuriating to me.”

        The 28-year-old Cleburne mother fears leaving her house because she could end up in jail.

        “All I ever wanted to do was work and take care of my own,” she said. “But this keeps me from being a viable member of society.”

        Devin’s crime? She drove her deceased sister’s car, not knowing it wasn’t insured.

        That was 10 years ago, and the repercussions of that small transgression continue to plague her. “This has absolutely ruined my life,” she said.

        Devin quickly paid the ticket. But she heard nothing about the Texas Driver Responsibility Program.

        That’s the state’s plan for supposedly making us better drivers. But it’s really about raising money for the state in a politically easy way.

        Devin didn’t know that she not only had to pay her ticket but also owed the state a $250 surcharge every year for the following three years.

        “No one said a word to me about it,” she said.

        Her first inkling of a problem was when her boss at Pizza Hut informed her that her driver’s license was suspended. She worked as a delivery driver, so the company monitored her driving status.

        Devin had to switch to an inside job at the restaurant, giving up lots of tip money. And she set about making monthly payments toward the surcharges.

        But she still had to drive to work with a suspended license. And soon she received a ticket for that. And that started a whole new round of surcharges.

        “It’s not like I had a choice. I had to work. And I had to drive to get there,” she said….

        Read more of this fascinating and tragic story at the Dallas Morning News.

        Texas Driver Responsibility Program News: Critics of DRP Struggling

        The following is a digest of a story originally appearing at the Dallas Morning News. The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition is posting this summary as a pubic service for Texans interested in eliminating or reforming the current Driver Responsibility Program in our state.

        Legislators, lawmakers, judges, and numerous citizens victimized by the current Texas Driver Responsibility Program agree that it is a train wreck, an “unworkable mess.” But eliminating the program in 2015 seems unlikely. The bottom line is, the program brings in money, regardless of the damaging fallout to Texans, and legislators will be reluctant to lose that source of revenue.

        It doesn’t help that the revenue goes to a good cause – supporting hospital trauma centers.

        We’re the government and we’re living off these monies. And whether it’s the best way to collect the money is the question,” said Rep. Joe Pickett, chairman of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. “We’re not going to give up the money.”

        The DRP, enacted in 2003, adds civil penalties to criminal convictions for various driving offenses. The fees are collected annually for three years after the conviction. It sounded like a good idea, but drivers unable to pay have lost their license to drive, often with devastating personal consequences. Many of these people were not convicted of DUI and bear no moral responsibility to personally support trauma hospitals. The high fees, on top of the fines they paid for their traffic violations are more than many people can afford. Unable to pay, their license gets suspended. Forced to drive anyway to keep jobs, support families, etc., they are at risk for further costly fines and even arrests.

        The bottom line: The fallout from this revenue source is unjust, and the downside far outweighs whatever good comes of it.

        Read the original story here.

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        I am an attorney practicing in Austin, Texas and I have seen first hand how people’s lives have been affected by the DRP. Friends and clients have been buried for years under these fees and have been driving with suspended licenses and no insurance as a result of this fiasco. DRP does not enhance safety for Texans. There are certainly more unlicensed and uninsured drivers in Texas as a result of these excessive fees. Even DWI convictions are declining even with higher arrest numbers because attorneys, the DAs and the courts appear to agree that the DRP is oppressive and out of control.

        Let’s restore some honesty to DWI cases and repeal the DRP.