If you happen to be involved in a minor crash, don’t bother calling Toronto police.
Effective Tuesday, they are no longer being dispatched to property damage collisions or minor personal injury collisions where any injured person is not immediately taken to hospital.
The decision was made after Traffic Services completed an analysis of the current model. In 2015, nearly 64, 000 collisions were reported to Toronto police, with the overwhelming majority of those being “fender benders.”
According to a statement put out by Toronto Police Service, sending officers to the scene of these minor crashes was unsustainable, and many of them could have been sent to a Collision Reporting Centre for the necessary paperwork to be completed.
It;s expected the new rule will result in a 20% reduction in the number of secondary collisions at or near the original crash scene, relocation of specially trained collision investigators to more serious crashes, and fewer delays for commuters.
Crashes meeting the following criteria will continue to be investigated at the scene:
-Personal injury collisions where the victim is taken to hospital immediately following the collision
-Involves consumption of alcohol or drug by involved drivers
-Involves a suspended or unlicensed driver
-Involves a motor vehicle found to not have a valid insurance policy in effect
-Collisions involving damage to private, municipal or highway property
-Collisions involving dangerous goods where the dangerous goods have been compromised
-Collisions that occur/reported between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
-Collisions involving pedestrians, cyclists and wheeled devices
-Any collision referred to the Collision Reporting Centre where the injured driver requires hospitalization prior to the completion of the CRC investigation