Police: Don’t call 911 for fender benders

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The icy weather caused lots of crashes on West Michigan roads Tuesday. Police were trying to keep up, and they say drivers can help.

If you are in a minor crash, don’t call police. Instead, exchange information and file a report later. It may seem strange, but as long as no one is injured and you can still drive your car, there is no need to wait on the road for an officer to respond.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said that it responded to more than 75 car crashes Tuesday morning alone as freezing rain iced over the roads, causing slide-offs and rollovers. A city salt truck lost control on the slick roads and slid into other vehicles, and an ambulance needed to call a tow truck for help after it was in a pileup.

If you get into a fender bender, instead of calling 911, exchange driver license, vehicle and insurance information. Take a picture of any vehicle damage and the location where the crash happened.

Then get out of there before the next car comes sliding in.

GRPD says you have 72 hours to file a police report. Most departments allow you to make a report over the phone or in person.

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