Tulsa May Start Charging For Car Crashes

Tulsa is moving closer to requiring drivers to help foot the bill for traffic accidents.

The new proposal would charge $200 if they are responsible for a car crash.

The Tulsa Fire Department who cleans up wrecks say it can use all the help it can get with the bill.

Officials estimate that the $200 surcharge would raise an extra $400,000 a year.  That money could be used to hire extra firefighters or upgrade the department's technology.

"You have drunk drivers out there causing accidents that other taxpayers have to take care of. That drunk driver's problem, we have to take care of it," City Councilor Chris Trail said.

Of course, not all wrecks are caused by drunk drivers.

In those instances, the city says neither driver would be charged the $200.