Poll: Billing Those Who Need To Be Rescued
Grand Rapids is considering passing a bill that would allow authorities to send a bill to anyone who takes an unnecessary risk during a natural disaster and needs to be rescued. What do you think? Fair or unfair.
The introduction of the bill on Wednesday came in response to the many rescues that needed to be made during the torrential flooding a few months ago. The bill specifically says that anyone charged would have to be “engaged in gross negligence or reckless behavior.”
A firefighter for Kent county said that two kayakers had to be rescued on the river. This cost the department upwards of $1,000 when they sent all the necessary vehicles and man power.
The hope is that the bill will make people stop and think before they act reckless during a time of emergency.
So, what do you think? Is the bill fair or do you think that those in need shouldn’t have to worry about calling 911?