Friday, December 10, 2010

To Serve, Protect - - - And Collect

If you're in a car accident in New York City that requires an emergency response, you'll soon be billed for the government's services.

In a time of tight budget times, the city is looking for new ways to recoup costs.

And drivers needing help from the FDNY will be the targets.

Getting hurt in a car accident is painful enough, but if firefighters have to respond, expect more pain — in your wallet.

Starting next summer, the city plans to bill drivers in accidents that require an emergency response.

The so-called “crash tax” works like this: A car fire or accident with injury would cost you $490. A car fire without injury, $415. And any vehicle accident without injury will run you $365.

It's interesting that in one of America's most politically-liberal cities, accident victims will now pay out-of-pocket (assuming the city can collect) for their misfortune.

We are now at the point where our tax dollars go only to pay government employees' wages and pensions. To actually get them to do something while they're on the clock, however, will require an additional charge.

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