Safety Big Concern Under Metro's New Accident Reporting Policy - 8 News NOW

Safety Big Concern Under Metro's New Accident Reporting Policy

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LAS VEGAS -- While drivers in southern Nevada are concerned about Metro Police's change in accident reporting policy, it is nothing new to other major cities.

Officers at three of the largest cities in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, do not respond to property-damage only accidents.

Despite that fact, many people still have questions on how it will impact their wallet and safety.

Jessica Kennedy is the mother of two young daughters, and says many times she doesn't trust who is in the cars around her.

"If they're driving like a maniac, it's not somebody I want to be dealing with," Kennedy pointed out.

In the event of an accident, even a minor one, Kennedy is worried about her family's safety.

"I wouldn't know if that person was safe or not. I would much rather have the police there," Kennedy said.

8 News NOW viewers left us more than 200 comments, sharing similar fears on Metro's change in policy.

The first big concern is safety.

Metro Police say in the event of a minor accident, first make sure you and the other occupants are not injured. After that, try to get the car out of the street.

If you can't move it, call police to prevent injuries or another accident. However, what happens if you're afraid of the other driver?

For families with kids, this is a big concern. If you suspect the driver is high or drunk or violent, police say to call them anyway and they will come out.

That is a big comfort to Henderson mom Mary Brecheisen.

"If I had a baby, then definitely I wouldn't want to leave," Brecheisen said.

Mary's husband Thomas says he feels the change in policy will save crucial Metro resources.

"If cars are turned upside down and craziness happens, then sure. But just minor fender benders, and I think that is what we're talking about, it is usually pretty obvious what happened," Thomas Brecheisen said.

Brecheisen reasons that under the new policy if his family does get into a more serious accident, officers will be able to respond faster and get where they're really needed.

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