Our Orange County DUI Attorneys have learned that the City Council on Wednesday will consider an addition to an existing ordinance that clearly defines what types of emergency response costs would be billed to drunk drivers who cause accidents.
Westminster is one of at least 14 Orange County police departments that have a program requiring drunk drivers involved in a collision to pay for costs relating to emergency services as well as salaries of emergency personnel, according to a staff report. Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Los Alamitos have similar programs.
The proposed addition says that intoxicated drivers can be billed for all costs incurred by the city in responding to the incident. This includes salaries of the police and fire personnel, cost of equipment on scene, the cost of repairing or replacing equipment damaged at the scene, medical assistance, cost of investigations including conducting field sobriety tests and costs related to time spent transporting and booking the suspect, conducting chemical tests and writing reports.
Under the law, an intoxicated driver who causes an accident could face a bill as high as $12,000, according to the staff report. The ordinance also provides for an appeal process.
Police officials have said the current cost of a DUI arrest, including vehicle storage fees, license suspension, insurance rate increases, fines, DUI classes and other expenses, can add up to more than $10,000.Ã‚Â If you have questions for a DUI Specialist Orange County, call me, Robert Miller, at (877) 568-2977, anytime.
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