In February 2014, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stopped responding to automobile accidents that only resulted in property damage. If no one involved in the auto accident was personally injured during the car crash, no police officer would be dispatched to the car accident scene to investigate the collision and provide a report for the drivers involved in the car accident. Drivers that dialed 9-1-1 following a collision would be asked questions to determine if any of the people involved in the accident were injured or in need of medical attention. If no one was injured, no police officer would be dispatched. Instead, the 9-1-1 dispatcher would ask the drivers to exchange names, contact information, vehicle registration information, and automobile insurance information. Both drivers were directed to follow-up with their car insurance companies to address property damage issues.
While a seemingly drastic move, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department had severe limitations during this time period. Specifically, they did not have the necessary budget to hire law enforcement personnel to investigate and respond to all of the car collisions that occurred in its area of jurisdiction. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is responsible for administration and enforcement of traffic regulations and ordinances governed by the City of Las Vegas, Clark County and the State of Nevada. Motor vehicle accidents in the city of Las Vegas cause more death, injury, and economic loss than any other violation or crime, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department website. It took until August 2015 for the Clark Commission to pass a “More Cops Tax” to provide the budget needed to hire law enforcement personnel.
On January 1, 2016, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced that its police officers would once again respond to property damage car crashes. So now, when you call 9-1-1 a police officer is dispatched to the scene of the accident to investigate the collision and help provide medical services to injured people. Keep in mind, however, that car crashes involving personal injury or death take precedence over car crashes involving property damage. The police will arrive, but you may have to wait a little.
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