A couple of posts ago, I mentioned the reported increase in traffic citations as a means for governments to raise cash as property values and sales tax receipts recede.
Well, boys and girls, now comes word that some localities are imposing a "crash tax" on participants in fender benders, to partially offset costs associated with providing emergency response services. The charge may presumably be levied irrespective of one's culpability in an accident. According to a post on AutoBlog: "Illinois lawmakers are even considering legislation that would allow municipalities to bill up to $250-per-hour for emergency services that are already funded in part by taxes. It's also being considered in some California towns."
That Illinois and Kal-i-for-nia would consider such schemes, considering their budget and political proclivities, does not surprise. However, it should be noted that the Lone Star State apparently has no provision to prevent such a practice.
So, as noted before, to protect yourself financially, don't speed. And to protect yourself physically as well as financially, don't crash.
I predict that we are going to see many things we'd never have imagined as government spending continues its out-of-control spiral.
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