A sudden blast of winter has kept Colorado Springs police on accident alert since Monday evening.
Snow and temperatures hovering in the teens have made the roads in and around Colorado Springs slick and treacherous in places. 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 remains on AAS Thursday.
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.
You can also obtain a cold reporting form online here: https://crash.state.co.us/
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