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Las Vegas Metro Won't Respond to Minor Traffic Accidents

February 25, 2014  | 

Capt. Mark Tavarez of Las Vegas Metro's Traffic Bureau said at an early afternoon news conference that beginning March 3, patrol officers would stop responding to property-only accidents within Metro's jurisdiction, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

The move, Metro estimates, will free up 250 hours a week for officers to perform other duties, such as traffic-law enforcement to help reduce traffic fatalities. In 2013, Metro responded to 113 fatalities, five more than in 2012.

With 30 fewer traffic officers than there were 18 months ago, Tavarez said, minor collisions took up too much of an officer's time that could be focused on preventing deadly accidents.

"We've been trying to find a way to deploy our officers successfully so we can handle fatalities and handle property damage crashes," Tavarez said. "But now comes a time we have to prioritize, and I think everybody can agree that fatalities are more important than a property crash."

Tags: Officer Staffing, Las Vegas Metro PD, Traffic Accidents


Comments (10)

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clifford zigler @ 2/25/2014 5:37 PM

so how do I get a police report for my insurance company???

Jeremy swinkerninny @ 2/25/2014 5:47 PM

You do your own just like you are supposed to anyway

Bman @ 2/25/2014 6:01 PM

If you back into a pole, ran into your garage door or otherwise cause an accident with a nonmoving object, why do you think you would need a report? You call your insurance company and tell them you made a boo boo. it's obvious by the nature of the accident that your at fault. I wish my agency would do this. We could still give a card with a call number so there is a record it was reported but as it is now, we have to convince the person a report will not help them and will be a waste of time for the both of us. I would even like to be able refuse reports for all private property accidents that are less than the damage that the state requires a report for. If the state doesn't require a report, I shouldn't have to write one for a scratch caused by a car rolling forward into the back of another car in a parking lot just because a guy wants to be a jerk about an ACCIDENT. In the end, the insurance company does their own investigation and can even disregard the police report. Traffic crashes are CIVIL matters in most cases so the less time we spend on them the better.

Clark @ 2/26/2014 7:42 AM

This is done due to the Sheriff did not get the sales tax increase he asked for. Most locals feel this has happened now, just a month after he did not get his request. The Las Vegas road rage shootings have also increased and I hope this doesn’t add to that. The car insurance rates will also go up again…

Ray Meyer @ 2/26/2014 7:46 AM

Why is this particular story news? Sacramento PD, California has been doing this for at least 10-15 years, along with most larger cities like LAPD, San Diego, etc. At least with Sac PD if its blocking the roadway or a tows are required, they send a Community Services Officer, Police Services Technican, a non-sworn person, to take a report. At least they did before 2008. I'm not sure a blanket no response it the way to go in all cases. While it mostly one driver's fault, what if a poor roadway design, or confusing-inoperative traffic signs or signals lead to driver confusion or distraction or a third party is a fault.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/26/2014 7:00 PM

Get hit by a DUI but nobody is injured and the police refuse to respond. Get hit bumped by a stolen car and nobody is hurt the police refuse to respond. Get hit by a driver with multiple warrants but there are no injuries and the police refuse to respond. I guess it had to happen someplace so it might as well be Vegas. I guess they needed more doughnut time in Vegas.

kevcop @ 2/26/2014 7:19 PM

Most major departments do the same, If no injury or DUI. One can cal in and get an incident number for the Insurance Companies, lets face it we in PD have done way too much for insurance companies for far too long. If the accident is minor but one of the drivers is uninsured or does not present a lichen then PD should respond since in AZ they would be cited and /or booked and the car impounded for 30 days . We in PD should do the same for any criminal damages, thefts, auto theft etc that are misd. and no suspects seen or evidence not find. In Az we do most of those via telephone or on web. Problem is insurance fraud (false claims) are harder to control, but thats on the insurance companies! If they continue to cut PD (in Phx we are 500 cops short, have not hired in 5 years) then we will eventually be the Felony in progress police only!

Troop @ 2/28/2014 1:04 AM

Sheriff's department = Political. This sounds like payback for not getting a tax raise increase for more deputies.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/1/2014 1:54 AM

Kevcop@ you hired one of our ex-Officer's in Phoenix. The only time I have ever seen the refusal by police to take an accident report is during a winter storm but if you can get out of taking paper it gives you more time to drink coffee.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/1/2014 1:54 AM

Taking accident reports is why GOD created state troopers.

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