A state legislative proposal unanimously approved Tuesday by the Orange County Board of Supervisors would allow governments to be reimbursed for search-and-rescue costs resulting from people displaying "wanton or reckless conduct."
The proposal specifies that the rescues must have been for people 16 and older who "act in violation of any federal or state law or local ordinance and necessitates the use of emergency services," according to a news release from the office of 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer.
"Taxpayer-funded searches and rescues are intended for accidents, not for 'on purposes' that are a result of negligence or criminal activity," Spitzer said in a prepared statement. "Individuals who recklessly put themselves and others in danger should pay the cost for such rescues. Innocent taxpayers should not bear the burden of these exorbitant costs."