DENVER -- If you’re driving through Denver and don’t live in the city, drive safely; an accident could cost you extra.
Under the proposed 2010 Budget, the Denver Fire Department would charge non-residents a $600 fee for emergency care if they cause an accident on a state highway (which includes the heavily-traveled Colorado Boulevard, Federal Boulevard, Colfax Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard).
Why do the firemen get dispatched on almost every accident in the first place? When was the last time you saw a car on fire? I never have and it seems like modern cars are not very flammable. I think the city could reduce the fire departments budget, by cutting out some of the non-fire related duties they have fire fighters perform and this would end up being better for everyone, firemen would be ready to fight actual fires and not tied up handling auto accidents that the police and tow companies could handle and there would not be any additional taxes levied. I might support a proposal like this if it were to reduce the fixed taxes of the residents, but that is not on the table.