“Your license is invalid. Please step out of the vehicle.”

You likely know a fellow Texan whose drivers license has been suspended by the egregious and unjust Texas Driver Responsibility Program (TDRP).

Never heard of it? If you drive, or depend on someone who does, you need to learn about it.

Over 1.3 million Texans have had their drivers license suspended, and not necessarily due to being irresponsible.  They pled guilty or no contest to traffic violations, paid their fines, and moved on, rightfully believing that was the end of the matter.

Until they are later detained for another violation, possibly a minor infraction like a defective brake light or failure to signal. They then find themselves in shock at being handcuffed, arrested and taken to jail, totally unaware their license had been suspended for failure to pay an unknown delinquent surcharge on the previous violation.

Collection notices for the surcharges may not have caught up with them if they had changed addresses or the notices had been designed to resemble junk mail.

This scenario has been playing out for over 14 years and it is time for Texans to repeal the legislation responsible for  this travesty against fellow Texans.

Judge Edna Staudt has long been a voice calling out in the wilderness for the Texas legislature to take action. She has seen firsthand the devastation this misguided program has had on families and individuals, especially those with limited or no resources to fight the system.

“Citizens who lose their mode of transportation because of delinquent surcharges lose their jobs,  sometimes their homes and face immeasurable obstacles to take care of themselves and their family.”

Judge Edna Staudt

 

“’It’s taking money from people who are not criminals,’ Staudt said. ‘Then they keep on driving because they have to feed their family, they have to get to work, they have to get around.’ ”

Hoppe,C.O. (2014, August). Critics of traffic surcharge get little traction.
The Dallas Morning News.
Retrieved from: http://www.dallasnews.com

 

As a champion for justice and mercy, Judge Staudt continues to be a voice calling for the elimination of the TDRP which violates the Constitutional rights of Texans.

Judge Staudt calls for elimination of DRP which has resulted in Texans having their drivers license suspended

Judge Edna Staudt
Advocating repeal of TDRP

 

“Justice of the Peace Edna Staudt of Williamson County, in Central Texas, said she also deals with many frustrated Texans who are affected by the program.

“Staudt said she believes the program is unconstitutional because it penalizes drivers twice for the same violation.

 

“’If you get a DWI, you go to jail, pay the fine. If you can’t afford to pay, you can do community service hours. The surcharge is an additional punishment,’ Staudt said.”

Chen,C.O. (2014, April 14). Despite Changes, Driver Surcharge Program Faces Continued Opposition.
The Texas Tribune
Retrieved from: http://www.texastribune.org/

 

Join Judge Staudt in continuing the fight to repeal this misguided program. Leave a comment below so you can be reached with more information on how you can make a difference.

 

Judge Staudt’s Teen Court builds community leaders

“Teen Court was a chance for me to make a real and appreciable difference in my community. The program gave me first-hand experience in the justice system I could not have found anywhere else. With that in mind, it goes without saying that without Judge Staudt’s guidance, experience, and expertise, I never would have realized the opportunity to be involved in a program which has, to this day, changed my life for the better.”  Alan Adams, Former Teen Court Student Volunteer

 

Alan Adams excelled as a student attorney and judge

Alan Adams
Former Student Attorney & Presiding Judge

Legal professionals respect Judge Staudt

“As a legal professional, I am incredibly honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to know and to work with Judge Edna Staudt for many years. Professionals

 

The legal community respects Judge Staudt. Not only is she fair, attentive, and compassionate in the courtroom, her positive influence permeates our community beyond the courtroom doors. She selflessly and tirelessly promotes mentoring and parenting programs, coaches teen leadership development, prepares young men and women to be responsible adults, fights for constitutional rights of ordinary citizens, and speaks for those who have no voice.

 

“Judge Staudt is a conservative Christian motivated to put her faith into action by serving the members of her community.

 

“I regard Judge Staudt as an invaluable member of our judiciary.”

 

Patricia M. Cofty, JD/MBA

Attorney / Mediator

 

Judge Staudt inspires military careers

“Judge Staudt provides an amazing asset to the community through YMCA Teen Court. I was personally impacted by her demonstration that we all have a role (and responsibility) to facilitate justice right where we live. Her example inspired me to pursue a career in public service through the military.”  – Luke Adams, Former Student Presiding Judge

 

 

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Judge Staudt teaches students to prevent shattered dreams

The Shattered Dreams Program is hosted by a local high school each year. Along with local law enforcement and emergency services, Judge Staudt participates in this effort to help educate and motivate young men and women to drive responsibly.

 

Students act out the irresponsible acts of drinking and driving which result in a crash. Some victims are killed and others injured.  Shattered Dreams is a sobering program encouraging students to make wise choices that ensure their lives and promote public safety. Partnering with the schools to provide this message is just one of the many ways Judge Staudt gives back to our community by encouraging safety and preventing dreams from being shattered.

 

 

 

 

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