The reason we do not drive during an “accident alert” is because we are driving other people’s vehicles. Too much can happen when road conditions are bad, especially if a vehicle is rear wheel drive, has alot of power, and/or has bad tires or brakes. Add that to the fact that our drivers are not familiar with your vehicle, and it’s easy to see how dangerous it could be. We will not risk damage to vehicles, property, or injury to anyone when road conditions are poor. Please call CSPD at 719-444-7000 to find out if the city is on accident alert before you head out for the evening. We will update our phone message when we are not driving.
The following information is taken from the Colorado State Patrol’s website at http://csp.state.co.us/faq_Accident.html
What does “Accident Alert” mean?
“ACCIDENT ALERT” is defined as those times when weather conditions are so severe that State Troopers and Police Officers are unable to respond to the large volume of motor vehicle crashes. Accident Alert is initiated on a jurisdictional and geographical basis, in other words some cities may be on accident alert whereas others may not depending on how the weather conditions are affecting their area.
While accident alert is in effect, Troopers and or Police Officers will only respond if the following circumstances exist:
* Vehicles are disabled due to damage.
* Accident involves a fatality or an injury requiring medical attention.
* Alcohol or drugs are involved.
* Accident is an alleged hit and run.
* There is damage to public property other than wildlife, i.e. a highway stop sign.
* Any property damage accident in which the reporting party is not or has no contact with the driver(s).
Most car radio stations report which areas are on accident alert. If you are involved in an accident and are not sure if your area is on accident alert, call the police.
If the accident does not meet the criteria for a police response, do the following:
* The drivers involved are required to exchange information.
* File your accident report as soon as possible.
A report can be filed either on-line or at the troop office or police station having jurisdiction where the accident occurred.