Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill Oct. 16 freeing up $1 billion expected
to be collected through traffic fines to help fund trauma care centers
and broaden the state’s ability to build trade corridors, according
to local media.
funds are expected over the next five years under the Texas Driver
Responsibility Program, which increases fines on habitually bad
approved by lawmakers during the recently completed special legislative
session, is a cleanup measure for a new transportation law that
took effect Sept. 1.
new law ensures that trauma centers receive their intended traffic-fine
revenue, News 8 Austin reported. Previously, all the revenue wasn’t
appropriated as required in the state budget.
the new program, which takes effect Jan. 11, 2004, drivers who are
ticketed for three moving violations or causing two accidents within
three years will pay an additional $100 in license renewal fees,
the Houston Chronicle reported. More offenses would mean
offenses, such as repeat drunken driving violations, will result
in additional fines up to $1,500.
also puts at least $100 million into the Texas Mobility Fund beginning
in fiscal year 2006. That fund will provide an additional state
financing option for road projects.