that would require Texas’ habitually bad drivers to pay hefty fines
to help fund the state’s trauma care centers and highway projects
passed the Senate May 28.
bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Taylor, earlier passed the
which has been pushed by Gov. Rick Perry, would generate about $150
million a year for the state’s trauma centers and a similar amount
for roads, News 8 Austin reported.
33 percent of the state’s trauma patients lacked insurance in 2001,
costing trauma care centers $181 million, Perry said in a statement.
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.
driving offenders would face additional fines of $1,000 annually
for up to three years.