Reporting Vehicle Collisions

Prince George, Traffic Services

2017-06-16 11:12 PDT

Every day the police get called to several collisions in and around our community, however sometimes our attendance is not required. Officers are requesting the public’s help in reducing these calls for service.

By following the guidelines set out below, these calls for service will be reduced and persons involved in minor collisions will be able to record necessary information and clear the area sooner, without police involvement.

The Prince George RCMP will only be responding to serious collisions that meet at least one of the following criteria:

As for the vast majority of other collisions, such as parking lot fender-benders and rear-enders, the police ask for the public's assistance in reducing the strain on limited police resources. Here are things that people can do:

Police attendance is not required at the majority of collisions says Sgt. LaBelle, in charge of the Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Services Section. Calls for service, when not required, are a real strain on our limited resources. We want to focus our efforts on PREVENTING the collisions from occurring, through education and enforcement. Please pull your vehicles off the road, exchange information with the other people involved, take photographs with your smart phones, and report the collision to ICBC. They offer an easy reporting service via phone or online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To report a collision to ICBC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-800-910-4222 or use their easy to use online reporting system at www.icbc.com.

If you see a traffic violation and want to make a report, please call our non-emergency line at 250-561-3300. In order to issue a violation ticket under BC’s Motor Vehicle Act, police require a formal statement and your willingness to attend court. Make note of the time, date & location of the offence, the license plate of the offending vehicle, direction of travel and a general description of the incident. If police are provided with a statement & your willingness to attend court, investigators can follow-up with the registered owner of the vehicle and issue them a violation ticket. We cannot do this without your witness account.

The Traffic Services Section is committed to increasing road-user safety, while decreasing the number of collisions at high-frequency locations within the City of Prince George.

For interviews, please contact:

Sgt. Matt LaBelle
Prince George RCMP Municipal Traffic Services
250-561-3360
 

Released by

Cpl. Craig Douglass

Communications NCO / Media Liaison Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-640-1758

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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