A new crash policy went into effect Friday in Springfield. What used to be used as an “emergency status” during winter weather is now a full-time policy. No police response is required and no crash report will be completed by officers if: no injuries are involved; all vehicles involved are operable and don’t need to be towed; the crash resulted in no damage to public or private property; no alcohol/drug-impaired drivers are involved; no driver leaves before exchanging information and all drivers have valid proof of insurance.
Motorists are asked to exchange information with one another and make a Citizens Crash Report. The information that should be exchanged includes the name, address, vehicle information including license plate and driver’s license numbers and insurance information. You can find the crash report forms at the SPD Headquarters (321 E. Chestnut Expressway) or the South District Station (2620 W. Battlefield), on the SPD’s website or at any Springfield library. Completed forms can be returned in person to either SPD station, by mailing to Headquarters or emailing to CentralRecords@springfieldmo.gov.
According to the police department, this protocol could save thousands of officer hours each year that could be spent on proactive policing.