I read this summary in a Dallas Morning News Article by Terrence Stutz on November 6, 2010 and thought I would pass it on:
How driver responsibility surcharges were supposed to work:
Drivers convicted of certain violations are required to pay automatic annual surcharges for three years from the date of conviction. They are:
*Driving while intoxicated: $1,000 for the first conviction; $1,500 for the second; $2,000 for any conviction with a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 or greater.
*Failure to maintain financial responsibility (insurance): $250
*Driving while license is invalid: $250
*Driving without a license: $100
Drivers accumulate points for moving-violations convictions (convictions on the charges listed above do not accrue points). A driver who acquires six or more points in three years must pay $100 for the first six and $25 for each point above that.
*Two points for a moving violation in Texas or another state. (Points are not assigned for speeding less than 10 percent over the posted limit or for seat belt violations.)
*Three points for a moving violation in Texas that results in a crash.
*Two points for a child safety seat violation.
Drivers who do not pay within 30 days of conviction have there licenses suspended.