Governor OKs Texas transportation bill

| 6/20/2003

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a transportation bill June 19 that broadens the state’s ability to build trade corridors and adds fines for bad drivers to fund trauma centers, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

HB3588 took effect immediately with the governor’s approval.

The new law gives the thumbs-up for Perry’s plan for the Trans Texas Corridor project, which envisions major roadway and rail trade arteries crisscrossing the state. It also creates a program intended to raise $1 billion for trauma centers over the next five years by fining habitually bad drivers.

Under the new program, drivers who are cited for three moving violations or cause two accidents within three years would pay an extra $100 in license renewal fees. More offenses would mean higher fines.

Drunken driving offenders would face fines up to $1,000, with all the money going toward Texas trauma centers.