Now that fender-bender season has officially arrived, RCMP has offered a primer on when to get them involved.
Save the 911 calls for serious injuries or fatalities, say police. If a vehicle is too damaged to be driven or a driver doesn’t produce registration or insurance information call the police 24-hour number at 403-343-5575.
If the vehicles are drivable and the paperwork is there, there is no need to call police.
If there are any injuries, even minor, or damage is more than $2,000, you must fill out a police report. If you’re not sure about the damage, get an estimate. To file a report, go to the downtown detachment building at 4602 51st Ave. or the north station at 6592 58th Ave.
Following the collision, exchange registration, insurance and driver’s licence information with the other driver. Use your cellphone to take a photo to save time. While you’re at it, take pictures of the damage to vehicles and the scene.
If you are the unfortunate victim of a hit and run, report it to police. If you see the other vehicle record as much information as you; make, model, colour and licence plate number. Even partial plate numbers can help.