Gov. Rick Perry is pushing legislation to go after habitually
bad drivers with hefty fines to help finance the state’s trauma
care centers and highway projects.
measure would raise a projected $1 million over the next five
years for the state’s trauma centers and a similar amount for
passed the House earlier this month and has been sent to the Senate
33 percent of the state’s trauma patients lacked insurance in
2001, costing trauma care centers $181 million, Perry said in
need for additional funding at our trauma centers is clear,” he
said. “Among the 10 largest states, Texas has the highest fatality
rate for speeding-related accidents and alcohol-related accidents.”
the plan, the state would tack a $30 surcharge on some driving
violations and impose new fines on repeat offenders.
cited for three or more moving violations or for causing two accidents
within three years would pay an additional $100 to renew their
licenses. More offenses would mean higher fines.
drunken driving offenders would face additional fines up to $1,500.