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7/8/2011 - Survey says taxes should pay for accident response fees, not those involved

Most drivers are opposed to paying for emergency response costs.

Several municipalities nationwide are charging people involved in car crashes accident response fees, which pays for the expenses of having police and emergency officials comes to the scene of the collision. But a new poll is suggesting that those costs ought to be covered by local governments.

According to a survey conducted by the Insurance Research Council, more than two-thirds of adults said they disagreed with charging the motorists involved in the car crash accident response fees.

"Efforts to fund emergency response services through accident response fees stand in direct conflict with the fundamental notion that certain government services should be paid for by all taxpayers - not just those who are unlucky enough to actually need the service," said Elizabeth Sprinkel, senior vice president of the IRC.

Respondents were unmoved when asked if auto insurance companies should be charged for response fees, as 69 percent said they shouldn't be.

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