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.
took effect immediately with the governor’s approval.
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.
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.
driving offenders would face fines up to $1,000, with all the
money going toward Texas trauma centers.