Las Vegas police begin responding to fender-benders again


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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nearly two years after Las Vegas police quit responding to non-injury accidents to cut costs and focus on reducing fatal wrecks, the department is going back to covering every crash.

The policy change follows a boost in the Clark County sales tax from 8.1 to 8.15 percent to hire more police officers.

Deputy Chief Chief Gary Schofield told reporters Wednesday the policing change took effect Friday.

Officials say motorists can call 311 to report non-injury fender-benders, and officers will respond to help ensure a smooth exchange of driver and insurance information.

Traffic officers may also gather information for a short-form collision report that could provide information for a citation or arrest.

Officials say full crash investigations will be conducted when someone is hurt or complains of injury.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

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