Memphis PD: No Need to Summon Police for Fender-Benders During Coronavirus Crisis

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Local News | 0 comments

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The Memphis Police Department has announced new procedures for motorists involved in minor car accidents.

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“In extending our efforts to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), MPD has established another way to safely serve the citizens of Memphis by providing an alternate way to report minor vehicle crashes,” the police department wrote on Facebook. “If you are involved in a crash, and there are no injuries, no alcohol or drugs involved, and no wreckers are needed, it is not necessary for an officer or Police Service Technician (PST) to physically make the scene.”

1. What is a minor vehicle crash?

A minor vehicle crash is when there are no injuries, no one is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and all vehicles are drivable.

2. What do you do if you have been involved in a minor crash?

Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and tag numbers of the vehicles involved. Take photographs of the damage. Report the crash over the phone by calling a Memphis Police Station or MPD’s Traffic Office within five (5) days of the crash.

3. Does it matter which police precinct you call?

No, you can call any precinct to file a minor vehicle crash report.

Traffic Office: 901-636-4679

Old Allen Station: 901-636-4399

Raines Station: 901-636-4599

Mt. Moriah Station: 901-636-4199

Crump Station: 901-636-4600

Tillman Station: 901-636-3000

North Main Station: 901-636-4099

Airways Station: 901-636-4800

Appling Farms Station: 901-636-4400

Ridgeway Station: 901-636-4500

4. How do I get a copy of my crash report?

If you need to obtain a copy of a police report of any kind, you will need to call Central Records at 901-636-3650. A Central Records clerk will assist you in getting the requested documents. Or, you can file an Open Records Request through the City of Memphis portal.

5. When will an officer or PST make the scene of a crash?

An officer or PST will make the scene of a vehicle crashes when:

A confrontation occurs on the scene
Injuries are reported
Drugs or alcohol are involved
A driver refuses to share information
If a vehicle is disabled

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