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What is “Accident Alert” or “Cold Reporting?”

Posted at 12:58 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2020-02-23 15:57:02-05

COLORADO SPRINGS – You’ve probably heard the term “Accident Alert” or “Cold Reporting” if you live in Colorado. Cities across Colorado will go on “Accident Alert” status to cover minor traffic accidents.

It goes into effect when there are a high number of accidents and not enough resources to go around, or when there’s a large incident and officers are unavailable.

If a city is on alert, here’s what you need to consider if you’re involved in a minor crash.

No one was injured or died.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as factors in the crash.

The wreck didn’t damage any public property, like roads signs, utility poles or guard rails.

All of the parties involved agree to exchange information and report the accident individually.

Everyone involved in the accident has to have the proper information to exchange, like your registration and insurance.

If the accident happened on private property, all of the above needs to be considered and there can’t be any damage to property, like buildings.

Damage needs to be less than a $1,000.

Here’s the link to report an accident online.

Here’s the link for the accident form.