Amnesty offered to 650,000 Texas drivers who owe surcharges for violations

The Dallas Morning News. AUSTIN — Nearly 650,000 Texans who haven’t paid surcharge penalties for drunken driving, no insurance and other violations are being offered a one-time amnesty by the state.

Signaling what may be the end of the troubled Driver Responsibility Program, motorists who owe surcharges of $750 to $3,000 — even more for multiple offenses — can apply to have most of the fees forgiven and their suspended licenses reinstated within a few days.

The Public Safety Commission recently decided that drivers will be allowed to settle up with the state for 10 percent of what they owe, up to a maximum of $250. For those with multiple violations, the savings will run into thousands of dollars.



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