Mothers Against Drunk Driving supports the law but did not lobby against last year's attempts to repeal the program, said Bill Lewis, public policy liaison for MADD's Texas office.
“We can't point to anything that says that law has caused a decline in alcohol-related fatalities,” Lewis said. “We're not going to go nuts if the Legislature decides they want to repeal it.”
Former state Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Round Rock, who authored the omnibus transportation law that led to the program's approval, concedes that allowing the surcharges was a bad move.
“My feeling right now is we definitely made a mistake — that it's overly punitive,” Krusee said. “I think it's past time to either revise or repeal the program. It is inequitable in its enforcement because it doesn't take into account to a just degree people's incomes and their ability to pay, because the fines, I mean, they're huge.”