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Driver Responsibility Programs Fine Bad Drivers

March 23, 2006

Driver Responsibility Programs force drivers who accumulate a certain point total for driving offenses to pay an extra annual fee to the state. Four states—Michigan, Texas, New Jersey and New York—have Driver Responsibility Programs, and Virginia is considering one, according to TheNewspaper.com. TheNewspaper.com summarizes the penalties imposed:Michigan:
$100 a year for as long as the license has 7 points (plus $25 for each point over 7)
$1000 x 2 years for DUI
$200 x 2 years for having expired insurance
$150 x 2 years for having an expired license
New Jersey:
$100 x 3 years for 6 points (plus $25 for each point over 6)
$1000 x 3 for DUI
$250 x 3 years for having expired insurance
New York:
$100 x 3 years for 6 points (plus $75 for each point over 6)
$250 x 3 tears for DUI
Texas:
$100 x 3 years for 6 points (plus $25 for each point over 6)
$1000 x 3 years for DUI
$2500 x 3 years for two DUIs
$250 x 3 years for having expired insurance
$100 x 3 years for having an expired license
The Virginia Senate voted 34-6 last month to impose a $100 a year fee on drivers with eight points.Illinois, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have also considered beginning their own programs, TheNewspaper.com reports.
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