By John Stark
The Houston suburb of Missouri City, Texas will begin imposing a “crash tax” on drivers found to be at fault in traffic accidents in the city limits, beginning March 1.
City officials say the crash tax is a way to cover public expenses when vehicles collide, according to this report in Texas Monthly.
The Texas Monthly report notes that Missouri City is not the first local government to do this, and may not be the last. General tax increases are political poison in Texas and many other places, and imposing taxes or fees for some public services may be somewhat more palatable.