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Thread: Crash on Patrick at Wilkes Street in Alexandria

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterw_diy View Post
    Did you get any response to your email?
    Timely question! There will be a discussion at tonight's BPAC meeting on improving the reporting for bike and pedestrian crashes. BPAC continues to pursue improved reporting and data collection within the upcoming Vision Zero Action Plan.

    As to responses, I did hear from Mayor Silberberg and Vice Mayor Wilson who said they would check with APD.

    Here is the response I got from APD

    The Police Department follows the statutory requirements of the Code of Virginia Section 46.2-373(A) which requires law enforcement officers to complete crash reports in cases where there is an injury reported or there appears to be more than $1,500 worth of property damage. The Code of Virginia only requires drivers to report accidents involving injury or death to a law enforcement officer. In crashes that do not meet these requirements, citizens may, and often do, clear the roadway and exchange information without police intervention. The Police Department has no way of determining how many of these non-injury of crashes occur, nor do they have a way to mandate the reporting of such events to law enforcement under current state law. There are instances when officers are requested to respond to the scene of the crash where there are no injuries to provide traffic control and/or facilitate information exchange between the parties where a report is not required. While deemed “non-reportable” these types of crashes are logged into our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. Information from the CAD system, while not as detailed as what is found in a state required crash report, is available to help paint a more complete picture as to location and type of “non-reportable” crashes.
    The Chief of Police has reviewed the Police Department’s current practices and has determined that the Department will continue to document crashes described above. As part of our continuing education and outreach efforts, we will encourage bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians to contact the Police Department to report crashes so that they will be entered into the CAD system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyKane50 View Post
    Timely question! There will be a discussion at tonight's BPAC meeting on improving the reporting for bike and pedestrian crashes. BPAC continues to pursue improved reporting and data collection within the upcoming Vision Zero Action Plan.

    As to responses, I did hear from Mayor Silberberg and Vice Mayor Wilson who said they would check with APD.

    Here is the response I got from APD
    Ok then, in every crash the cyclist should report an injury, like a scrape, road rash, or hang nail. Note the COP doesn't mention the severity of the "injury" as he does with the level of property damage.

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