Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What Happens in Vegas No More Police at Traffic Accidents?

In a move that is sure to cause confusion, anger and maybe a "stand your ground" case or two, Las Vegas Metro police will no longer respond to car accidents without a significant injury involved. The move is in response to the failure of a proposal to raise the sales tax in order to pay for more police expenses. And I'm guessing it's a way to get that tax passed.

Because this is bound to be a disaster. For one thing, it's always been my understanding that you had to call the cops if you have a wreck, in order to properly fill out the insurance paperwork. No police report? The news release says we'll have to go to the DMV, and that sounds like such a treat.

Image from source, Las Vegas Sun
But what if the other guy is seriously at fault, and there's no cop there to prove it? What if the other guy refuses to show you his ID and skips out? What if he's drunk? I imagine there'll be a few months of insanity on the roads of Las Vegas, and then a civic outcry for more police.


Metro to quit responding to minor traffic accidents beginning March 3
The days of Metro Police responding to fender-benders come to an end next week. Capt. Mark Tavarez of 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. . .

Read more at: Las Vegas Sun

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