LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Metro today confirmed a change in how it will handle minor accidents.
Starting March 3, police officers will not respond to minor property-only accidents. Drivers involved in non-injury accidents will have to exchange information and file an accident report within 10 days as required by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.
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 accidents take up too much time.
“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.”
Sheriff Doug Gillespie has long maintained Metro’s force is stretched to its limits.
During the news conference at the Metro Traffic Bureau, Tavarez said the new policy would not affect police response to injury accidents, hit-and-run accidents, and accidents in which at least one of the drivers will not exchange insurance information.