Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Huntington Beach to charge fees if out-of-town drivers cause accidents - latimes.com

Huntington Beach to charge fees if out-of-town drivers cause accidents - latimes.com

Visiting Huntington Beach? Drive carefully or you could pay.

A law approved this week will charge out-of-towners who are responsible for car accidents for the costs of sending firefighters to the scene.

The ordinance is meant to help pay for responses to car accidents, which spike during the summer, when tourists and visitors flock to the beach city. Out-of-towners cause an estimated 300 traffic accidents each year. City officials say fees that could total several thousand dollars per accident will help defray costs as the city cuts $3.1 million from its budget.

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