More Cities Charging For Accident Investigation

CINCINNATI (AP) - Erlanger, Ky., is among a growing number of cities considering charging for response to highway crashes.

Mayor Tom Rouse says most wrecks are caused by drivers passing through the city in Kenton County, driving on Interstate 75, U.S. 25 or Ky. 236. He questions whether it's appropriate for local taxpayers to fund police, fire and ambulance response to wrecks involving nonresidents.

The Erlanger City Council is expected to vote on the issue at a Jan. 8 meeting.

Across the Ohio River in New Richmond, Ohio, an ordinance takes effect Tuesday, allowing the local government to bill insurance companies for emergency services.

Village officials estimate they could recoup $25,000 a year.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,

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