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(A) Any person convicted of violating any of the of the following provisions shall, at the time of sentencing, be liable to Northampton County for restitution of reasonable expenses incurred by Northampton County for responding law enforcement when issuing any related arrest warrant or summons, for firefighting, and/or emergency medical services, in the amount of $350, which shall be imposed as a flat fee per accident or incident for response by the county.
(B) Any person convicted of violating any of the following provisions shall, at the time of sentencing, be liable to any responding volunteer fire department, volunteer rescue squad, or both, for restitution of reasonable expenses incurred by such department, squad, or both for responding firefighting and/or emergency medical services. Each such volunteer fire department or volunteer rescue squad may bill a flat fee of $350 or a minute-by-minute accounting of the actual costs incurred.
(1) The provisions of VA Code §§ 18.2-36.1, 18.2-51.4, 18.2-266, 18.2-266.1, 29.1-738, 29.1-738.02 or 46.2-341.24, or a similar ordinance, when such operation of a motor vehicle, engine, train or watercraft while so impaired is the proximate cause of the accident or incident;
(2) The provisions of VA Code Article 7 (§§ 46.2-852 et seq.) of Chapter 8 of Title 46.2 relating to reckless driving, when such reckless driving is the proximate cause of the accident or incident;
(3) The provisions of VA Code Article 1 (§§ 46.2-300 et seq.) of Chapter 3 of Title 46.2 relating to driving without a license; and
(4) The provisions of VA Code § 46.2-894 relating to improperly leaving the scene of an accident.
(D) Personal liability under this section for reasonable expenses of an appropriate emergency response pursuant to subsection (C)(1) shall not exceed $1,000 in the aggregate for a particular accident, arrest, or incident occurring in the county.
(E) As used in this section, APPROPRIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE includes all costs of providing law enforcement, firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services.
(F) The court may order as restitution the reasonable expenses incurred by the county for responding law enforcement, firefighting, rescue and emergency medical services.
(G) The provisions of this section shall not preempt or limit any remedy available to the Commonwealth, to the County or to any volunteer firefighting or rescue squad to recover the reasonable expenses of an emergency response to an accident or incident not involving impaired driving, operation of a vehicle or other conduct as set forth herein.
(H) This section is enacted pursuant to VA Code 1950, § 15.2-1716 and is effective upon its adoption.
(Ord. passed 8-9-2016)