Metro Police Will Not Respond To Non-Injury Fender Benders - 8 News NOW

Metro Police Will Not Respond To Non-Injury Fender Benders

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police announced Monday that officers will no longer be responding to non-injury fender-bender accidents.

The department says officers are being stretched too thin, trying to get to these types of crashes. According to Metro Police, an average of 250 man-hours per week is dedicated to these types of wrecks.

The new policy will go into effect March 3. Officers will respond to injury accidents and hit-and-run incidents. They will also respond when a driver involved in a wreck refuses to exchange insurance information.

"We've lost 30 personnel from the traffic bureau alone in the last 18 months and that's 30 officers we do not have patrolling the streets (28) to do traffic and accident investigation (30)," Metro Traffic Bureau Capt. Mark Tavarez said. "We are not the only department that does this, LAPD does not respond to property damage crashes; neither does Tucson, San Diego City Police, San Francisco and a few other agencies around the country."

What do you think about the change? facebook.com/8NewsNow

Police say drivers should exchange insurance information and file a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles accident report within 10 days as required by state law. Officers suggest people use their phones to take a lot of photos for their insurance company.

Driver Dena Gaskin sees a lot of problems when it comes to self reporting collisions and accidents.

"A lot of problems, people are going to be over exaggerating, understating the accident, and the procedure of the accident isn't going to be reported correctly because of a lack of police involvement," Gaskin said.

The department says the new policy will allow it to proactively enforce laws in hopes of bringing down the number of fatal crashes on southern Nevada streets.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • Police investigate double stabbing

    Police investigate double stabbing

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:17:18 GMT
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
  • Street performers peeved over downtown bathroom ban

    Street performers peeved over downtown bathroom ban

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:48:54 GMT
    Street performers bring a lot of entertainment to the Fremont Street Experience, but some of their say they are being forced out of the area when it comes to taking a bathroom break.More>>
    Street performers bring a lot of entertainment to the Fremont Street Experience, but some of their say they are being forced out of the area when it comes to taking a bathroom break.More>>
  • Coroner's office identifies 2-year-old hit by car

    Coroner's office identifies 2-year-old hit by car

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:44:02 GMT
    The coroner's office has released the name of the little girl struck and killed by a car this week.More>>
    The coroner's office has released the name of the little girl struck and killed by a car this week.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.