Safety tips also offered for hikers this Labor Day weekend
By Miriam Raftery
August 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Starting today, August 30th, you could be billed for emergency costs if you become lost or injured as a result of violating federal, state or local laws.
An amended County ordinance allows for a civil process to collect up to $12,000 in recovery expenses. Law breakers can also be arrested or cited for criminal offenses. The fees only apply to those who break the law, such as a rescue operation due to illegal drinking , diving or hiking where prohibited.