LAS VEGAS — They say that all good things must come to end, and effective March 3, Las Vegas police will stop responding to minor auto accidents.
The official reason is due to budgetary constraints.
The Las Vegas police department has long contended that they running low on funds and even tried unsuccessfully to have a increase in sales taxes passed to fund the addition of more offices. They have also in the past claimed that they could not run the police academy for new recruits because they could not afford it.
On the flip side, the Las Vegas Police department has come under fire, and had officers demoted and disciplined, by recklessly spending taxpayer money and diverting police away from responding to calls funding private helicopter rides for celebrities.
Whether the shortfall is due to poor fiscal management or not, funds and manpower are limited.
Even before before the policy change, there have been times when Las Vegas police have been unable to respond to minor auto accidents and accidents that occurred on private property. When that occurred, the parties involved had to exchange insurance information and file a police report for insurance purposes.
That practice has now been expanded and Las Vegas police will stop responding to minor accidents altogether effective March 3.
They key word is minor.
That means auto accidents that involve minor property damage. Police will still respond and send an officer to the scene of accidents in which there is an injury as well as hit and run accidents.
Police will also respond to minor auto accidents if oen the drivers involved will not provide their insurance information.
Those involved in a minor auto accident have up to 10 days to file a police report.
More information can be found at the LVMPD website.