A sudden blast of winter has kept Colorado Springs and Fountain police on accident alert since Wednesday evening.
Light snow and ice have made the roadways slick throughout El Paso County, particularly on bridges. Accident Alert Status (AAS) is standard when road conditions place drivers at a higher risk of getting involved in a crash, as it helps police prioritize what crashes necessitate officer response. CSPD and FPD remain on AAS Thursday morning.
When AAS is in effect, if there is a traffic accident and the following criteria are met, drivers can exchange information and report the accident online or pick up a form at any police station:
1) None of the drivers is suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
2) No one requires medical attention.
3) All drivers are still at the accident scene and have their license, registration and insurance information.
4) No public property was damaged (things like street signs or utility poles).
5) There was less than $1,000 in total damages to all involved vehicles.
Police say that if a wrecker is needed but all the above criteria is met, then a cold accident report can still be filed.
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