Walk in Accident Reporting Phase

When police officers get busy, they issue a Walk In Accident Reporting Phase. But what does it actually mean?

When you think about Walk in Accident Reporting Phase, you think of inclement weather.
It is when the police department says, in effect we can’t take your minor accident report right now, at the scene. And in the past four days, the Topeka Police Department has been in it twice.

Most Kansans do not know that if you are involved in a minor traffic accident, and you call the police, they do not have to come and take a report.

The State requires law enforcement to report accidents on public property, a private traffic way, like the road around the mall, injury or fatal accidents and accidents with more than a thousand dollars in damamges. They are not required to handle other accidents, but the Topeka Police Department usually does.

Unless they are in what Walk in Accident Reporting Phase. Then they focus on higher-priority incidents, whether it be a shooting, a fatal or injury accident, or a robbery.

“That’s a good thing for the watch commanders to do, it’s smart for them to do it,” said Scott Scurlock, Sergeant with the Topeka Police Department.

It is frustrating for motorists. “Doesn’t mean we don’t have officers out there available to respond to calls,” said Scurlock.

They are freeing up officers to be available to respond to calls that are high priority, instead of having officers being used for small accidents. “It’s smart for the city in general. Trying to plan for maybe unforeseen circumstances,” said Scurlock.

WHEN THIS PROCEDURE IN UNDERWAY – IT’S UP TO YOU TO EXCHANGE DRIVER AND INSURANCE INFORMATION WITH THE OTHER DRIVER IF YOU’RE INVOLVED IN A MINOR COLLISION.
THE POLICE *WILL INVESTIGATE…AFTER YOU BRING IT TO THE POLLICE DEPARTMENT.

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