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Patriot Day observance set for today at veterans park
Lake Whitney Ministerial Alliance and VFW Post 12176 will host a community 9/11 Patriot Day observance from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, at Whitney’s Veterans Memorial Park on South Colorado Street.
Patriot Day, officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance, is observed every September 11th in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The Whitney High School Choir and a United States Navy recruiter will be performing music. There will also be a flag ceremony, a 21-gun salute, a bugler and a blessing of first responders.
Featured speaker will be Jason Sneed, youth director of Whitney Fellowship at the Forum and U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant (Ret.).
The band “Knot Today” will perform after the ceremony until 8 p.m.
In 2001, President George W. Bush signed a resolution passed by Congress stating that each president is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on – (1) State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities; (2) all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; and (3) the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


Texas Driver Responsibility
Program has been repealed
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents that the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) was repealed under HB 2048 during the 86th Legislature and ended on September 1.
DRP was initially created in 2003 to establish a system to assess a surcharge based on a driver’s traffic offenses. Surcharges were assessed on an individual’s driving record by points or convictions.
As of August 2, more than 1.4 million drivers were suspended under DRP.
The program was widely criticized for creating a cycle of mounting charges that left Texans unable to afford the cost of keeping and renewing their driver licenses.
With the repeal of DRP, all existing DRP surcharge assessments and suspensions have been waived, and no additional surcharges or suspensions related to DRP will be assessed after September 1.
Earlier this summer, all individuals in the DRP program were sent letters notifying them of the status of the program and what steps they may need to take regarding their additional, non-DRP related fines or suspensions.
Drivers with non-DRP suspensions, fines or fees are still responsible to pay them and can check the status of their driving privilege or pay reinstatement fees by visiting texas.gov and searching “Driver License Eligibility” in the search bar.
To check the status, drivers will need their driver license or ID number, date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security number. Records are updated daily.
For additional questions, email DRPRepeal@dps.texas.gov. You must include your full name, date of birth, driver license or identification card number and phone number.