Law:Title 7. Vehicles And Traffic. Subtitle I. Enforcement Of Traffic Laws from Chapter 708. Driver Responsibility Program (Texas)

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Subtitle I. Enforcement Of Traffic Laws

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Chapter 708. Driver Responsibility Program

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section  708.001.  Definitions. In

this chapter, "department" and "license" have the meanings assigned by Section 521.001.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  708.002.  Rules.

The department shall adopt and enforce rules to implement and enforce this chapter.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  708.003.  Final Convictions.

For purposes of this chapter, a conviction for an offense to which this chapter applies is a final conviction, regardless of whether the sentence is probated.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Subchapter B. Driver's License Points Surcharge

Section  708.051.  Nonapplicability.

This subchapter does not apply to:

(1)  an offense committed before September 1, 2003; or

(2)  an offense covered by Subchapter C.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., 3rd C.S., ch. 8, Sec. 2.03, eff. Jan. 11, 2004.



Section  708.052.  Assignment Of Points For Certain Convictions.

(a) The driver's license of a person accumulates a point under this subchapter as of the date the department records a conviction of the person under Section 521.042 or other applicable law.

(b)  For each conviction arising out of a separate transaction, the department shall assign points to a person's license as follows:

(1)  two points for a moving violation of the traffic law of this state or another state that is not described by Subdivision (2); and

(2)  three points for a moving violation of the traffic law of this state, another state, or a political subdivision of this or another state that resulted in an accident.

(c)  The department by rule shall designate the offenses that constitute a moving violation of the traffic law under this section.

(d)  Notwithstanding Subsection (b), the department may not assign points to a person's driver's license if the offense of which the person was convicted is the offense of speeding and the person was at the time of the offense driving less than 10 percent faster than the posted speed limit. This subsection does not apply to an offense committed in a school crossing zone as defined by Section 541.302.

(e)  Notwithstanding Subsection (b), the department may not assign points to a person's license if the offense committed by the person was adjudicated under Article 45.051 or 45.0511, Code of Criminal Procedure.

(f)  For the purposes of this section, an offense under Section 545.412 is a moving violation of a traffic law.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 913, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2005.



Section  708.053.  Annual Surcharge For Points.

Each year, the department shall assess a surcharge on the license of a person who has accumulated six or more points under this subchapter during the preceding 36-month period.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  708.054.  Amount Of Points Surcharge.

The amount of a surcharge under this chapter is $100 for the first six points and $25 for each additional point.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  708.055.  Notice Of Assignment Of Fifth Point.

The department shall notify the holder of a driver's license of the assignment of a fifth point on that license by first class mail sent to the person's most recent address as shown on the records of the department.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 708.056.  Deduction Of Points.

The department by rule shall establish a procedure to provide for the deduction of one point accumulated by a person under this subchapter to account for each year that the person has not accumulated points under this subchapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.06, eff. September 1, 2011.



Subchapter C. Surcharges For Certain Convictions And License Suspensions

Section  708.101.  Nonapplicability.

This subchapter does not apply to an offense committed before September 1, 2003.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., 3rd C.S., ch. 8, Sec. 2.03, eff. Jan. 11, 2004.



Section  708.102.  Surcharge For Conviction Of Certain Intoxicated Driver Offenses.

(a) In this section, "offense relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated" has the meaning assigned by Section 49.09, Penal Code.

(b)  Each year the department shall assess a surcharge on the license of each person who during the preceding 36-month period has been finally convicted of an offense relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

(c)  The amount of a surcharge under this section is $1,000 per year, except that the amount of the surcharge is:

(1)  $1,500 per year for a second or subsequent conviction within a 36-month period; and

(2)  $2,000 for a first or subsequent conviction if it is shown on the trial of the offense that an analysis of a specimen of the person's blood, breath, or urine showed an alcohol concentration level of 0.16 or more at the time the analysis was performed.

(d)  A surcharge under this section for the same conviction may not be assessed in more than three years.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  708.103.  Surcharge For Conviction Of Driving While License Invalid Or Without Financial Responsibility. (a) Each Ye

ar the department shall assess a surcharge on the license of each person who during the preceding 36-month period has been convicted of an offense under Section 521.457, 601.191, or 601.371.

(b)  The amount of a surcharge under this section is $250 per year.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  708.104.  Surcharge For Conviction Of Driving Without Valid License. (a)

Each year the department shall assess a surcharge on the license of a person who during the preceding 36-month period has been convicted of an offense under Section 521.021.

(b)  The amount of a surcharge under this section is $100 per year.

(c)  A surcharge under this section for the same conviction may not be assessed in more than three years.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 708.105.  Notice Of Potential Surcharge.

(a) A citation issued for an offense under a traffic law of this state or a political subdivision of this state must include, in type larger than any other type on the citation, the following statement:

"A conviction of an offense under a traffic law of this state or a political subdivision of this state may result in the assessment on your driver's license of a surcharge under the Driver Responsibility Program."

(b)  The warning required by Subsection (a) is in addition to any other warning required by law.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1123, Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2005.



Subchapter D. Collection Of Surcharges

Section 708.151.  Notice Of Surcharge.

(a) The department shall send notices as required by Subsection (b) to the holder of a driver's license when a surcharge is assessed on that license.  Each notice must:

(1)  be sent by first class mail to the person's most recent address as shown on the records of the department or to the person's most recent forwarding address on record with the United States Postal Service if it is different;

(2)  specify the date by which the surcharge must be paid;

(3)  state the total dollar amount of the surcharge that must be paid, the number of monthly payments required under an installment payment plan, and the minimum monthly payment required for a person to enter and maintain an installment payment plan with the department; and

(4)  state the consequences of a failure to pay the surcharge.

(b)  The department shall send a first notice not later than the fifth day after the date the surcharge is assessed.

(c)  If on or before the 45th day after the date the first notice was sent the person fails to pay the amount of the surcharge or fails to enter into an installment payment agreement with the department, the department shall send a second notice.  If on or before the 60th day after the date the second notice was sent the person fails to pay the amount of the surcharge or fails to enter into an installment payment agreement with the department, the department shall send a third notice that advises the person that the person's driving privileges are suspended.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.01, eff. September 1, 2011.



Section  708.152.  Failure To Pay Surcharge.

(a) If on the 60th day after the date the department sends a second notice under Section 708.151 the person fails to pay the amount of a surcharge on the person's license or fails to enter into an installment payment agreement with the department, the license of the person is automatically suspended.  A person's license may not be suspended under this section before the 105th day after the date the surcharge was assessed by the department.

(b)  A license suspended under this section remains suspended until the person pays the amount of the surcharge and any related costs.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.02, eff. September 1, 2011.



Section  708.153.  Installment Payment Of Surcharge.

(a) The department by rule shall provide for the payment of a surcharge in installments.

(b)  A rule under this section:

(1)  may not require a person to:

(A)  pay surcharges that total $500 or more over a period of less than 36 consecutive months;

(B)  pay surcharges that total more than $250 but not more than $499 over a period of less than 24 consecutive months; or

(C)  pay surcharges that total $249 or less over a period of less than 12 consecutive months; and

(2)  may provide that if the person fails to make any required monthly installment payment, the department may reestablish the installment plan on receipt of a payment in the amount equal to at least a required monthly installment payment.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1123, Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2005.

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 573, Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.03, eff. September 1, 2011.



Section  708.154.  Credit Card Payment Of Surcharge.

(a) The department by rule may authorize the payment of a surcharge by use of a credit card. The rules shall require the person to pay all costs incurred by the department in connection with the acceptance of the credit card.

(b)  If a surcharge or a related cost is paid by credit card and the amount is subsequently reversed by the issuer of the credit card, the license of the person is automatically suspended.

(c)  A license suspended under this section remains suspended until the person pays the amount of the surcharge and any related costs.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 708.155.  Contracts For Collection Of Surcharges.

(a) The department may enter into a contract with a private attorney or a public or private vendor for the provision of services for the collection of surcharges receivable and related costs under this chapter.

(b)  To provide for alternative or additional collection methods for surcharges receivable, the department may amend a contract entered into under Subsection (a) and enter into additional contracts under Subsection (a).

(c)  The total amount of compensation under a contract entered into under this section may not exceed 30 percent of the amount of the surcharges and related costs collected.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., 3rd C.S., ch. 8, Sec. 2.04, eff. Jan. 11, 2004.

Amended by:

Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 573, Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.



Section  708.156.  Remittance Of Surcharges Collected To Comptroller.

Each surcharge collected by the department under this chapter shall be remitted to the comptroller as required by Section 780.002, Health and Safety Code.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1325, Sec. 10.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section 708.157.  Amnesty And Incentives.

(a) The department by rule may establish a periodic amnesty program for holders of a driver's license on which a surcharge has been assessed for certain offenses, as determined by the department.

(b)  The department by rule may offer a holder of a driver's license on which a surcharge has been assessed an incentive for compliance with the law and efforts at rehabilitation, including a reduction of a surcharge or a decrease in the length of an installment plan.

(c)  The department by rule shall establish an indigency program for holders of a driver's license on which a surcharge has been assessed for certain offenses, as determined by the department.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 573, Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2007.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 6.10, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.05, eff. September 1, 2011.



Section 708.158.  Indigent Status And Reduction Of Surcharges.

(a) The department shall waive all surcharges assessed under this chapter for a person who is indigent.  For the purposes of this section, a person is considered to be indigent if the person provides the evidence described by Subsection (b) to the court.

(b)  A person must provide information to the court in which the person is convicted of the offense that is the basis for the surcharge to establish that the person is indigent.  The following documentation may be used as proof:

(1)  a copy of the person's most recent federal income tax return that shows that the person's income or the person's household income does not exceed 125 percent of the applicable income level established by the federal poverty guidelines;

(2)  a copy of the person's most recent statement of wages that shows that the person's income or the person's household income does not exceed 125 percent of the applicable income level established by the federal poverty guidelines; or

(3)  documentation from a federal agency, state agency, or school district that indicates that the person or, if the person is a dependent as defined by Section 152, Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the taxpayer claiming the person as a dependent, receives assistance from:

(A)  the food stamp program or the financial assistance program established under Chapter 31, Human Resources Code;

(B)  the federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children authorized by 42 U.S.C. Section 1786;

(C)  the medical assistance program under Chapter 32, Human Resources Code;

(D)  the child health plan program under Chapter 62, Health and Safety Code; or

(E)  the national free or reduced-price lunch program established under 42 U.S.C. Section 1751 et seq.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146, Sec. 15.04, eff. September 1, 2011.


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