Colorado Springs off accident alert

A crash closed down northbound Austin Bluffs in Colorado Springs on Nov. 26, 2019.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (12:28 p.m.) The Colorado Springs Police Department says it is no longer on accident alert status.

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PREVIOUS: Colorado Springs Police Department remains on accident alert status Thursday as the city continues to thaw out following Tuesday's winter storm.

Police tell 11 News while roads are much improved, there are still many ice-packed side streets. They are hoping when the thermometer inches back above freezing late morning or afternoon, they can take the city off the status.

Accident Alert, or cold reporting, means if a driver is involved in a crash where alcohol or drugs are not suspected and there are no injuries, that the driver should exchange information with any other people involved, instead of calling police out to the scene.

During cold reporting, drivers have up to 72 hours to pick up a cold crash report from the police department or state patrol. They are also available online by clicking here.

Springs police want to remind drivers that they should check road and travel conditions before heading out and leave more time to get to their destination if they must drive.

Drivers also need to travel at a safe speed for the conditions and leave an increased and safe following distance from the car in front of them.