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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:13 PM
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NYC to Bill Motorists Who Crash and Need Aid
Source: Wall Street Journal

Attention New York City motorists: If you get into an accident and need the FDNY to come to the rescue, expect a bill.

Facing serious budgetary constraints, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has decided to join a growing number of municipalities around the country that are charging motorists involved in accidents for emergency-response services.

A vehicle fire or any other incident with injuries will cost $490. A vehicle fire without injuries will cost $415. And incidents without fire or injuries will cost $365.

These charges apply to every vehicle involved in the incident.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703766704...
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:36 PM
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1. So if there is an accident, most will think twice before calling emt
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:38 PM
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2. Hmmmm.
The Mayor couldn't get the city to pass congestion pricing. I wonder if this is a bit of a backdoor replacement. It might make people think twice before driving, if they don't need to do so.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:55 PM
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3. Just like the Ambulance and the coast guard.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:05 PM
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4. We just defeated this in Montgomery County MD
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 06:06 PM by LiberalEsto
The County Executive wanted to start charging ambulance fees to help close a budget shortfall. He's a Democrat in a heavily Democratic county, and he had the support of the paid firefighters, among others. Opponents of the fees started a petition against the proposed fees, and encountered all kinds of obstacles leading to a court fight for the righ to put the matter to a public referendum.

Among those opposing the proposed fees were the volunteer fire and rescue personnel who said it was ridiculous for the county to charge victims for services that the volunteers provide at no cost. Opponents also said people would be afraid to call 911 for fear of getting billed. This in turn could result in more deaths and more severe medical conditions, the opponents argued.

The voters rejected the fee proposal by more than 6 percentage points in last month's election.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:26 PM
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5. OR we could tax the rich.
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