A cold front that blew in Wednesday evening made itself at home Thanksgiving morning. Temperatures plummeted below freezing, and a combination of fog, flurries/light snow, and some freezing drizzle created slick road conditions in much of El Paso County, according to chief meteorologist Brian Bledsoe.
In response to the deteriorating weather conditions, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Fountain police announced Thursday morning that they are on Accident Alert Status (AAS), also known as Cold Reporting Status. They remain on AAS Friday.
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.
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.
If you are in Colorado Springs, you can report the accident online by clicking here. If on a mobile device, you can access this link below this article.
If you are in Fountain, you can report the accident online by clicking here, or obtain a form at the Fountain Police Department or any State Patrol office. A link is available below this article for mobile users.
If you are in Pueblo, police say both parties can exchange information and agree upon a time to meet at the police station on 200 S. Main St. within 72 hours.
Bledsoe says cold and light snow showers will linger into Black Friday. The possibility for more flurries continues Saturday. Temperatures will begin to creep upwards starting Sunday.