CDLLife.com reports that the Atlanta Police Department will no longer be responding to car accidents where vehicles remain drivable and no injuries are reported.
According to the city of Atlanta’s Twitter account, the Atlanta Police Department has announced that as part of their procedures to keep employees safe during the current COVID-19 viral pandemic, police officers would no longer be dispatched to vehicle accidents where the drivers can remove their own vehicles from travel lanes and where no injuries are reported. Drivers are now asked to fill out a form explaining how, where, and why the accident occurred, including information on the vehicles and drivers involved in the wreck, in lieu of asking police to respond. The SR-13 form that drivers should fill out was included in the Twitter announcement.
Atlanta Police Department believes this measure will help protect the health and safety of both police officers and the general public. Police will reportedly still respond to injury crashes, roadway blockages, and crashes that reportedly involve criminal activity. However, recent developments have called APD’s overall responsiveness into question, such as when police stopped responding to calls in several city zones following felony charges against an officer involved in a police shooting.
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