TPD, Shawnee Co. Sheriff activate emergency accident reporting procedures

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Police Dept. and the Shawnee Co. Sheriff's Office have enacted their special procedures as winter weather moves into northeast Kansas. They have enacted their Emergency Accident Reporting Phase, responding to only certain crashes.

Riley Co. Police Dept. also enacted their Emergency Accident Reporting Phase, but it was lifted around 9:00 AM on Saturday.

HOW IT WORKS: During Walk-In Reporting, law enforcement will only respond to wrecks involving:

  • Injury, possible injury or death to any person;
  • Possible impairment of a driver due to drugs or alcohol;
  • Incidents of hit and run;
  • Incidents where there is a disturbance between the parties involved;
  • Any hazardous material situation;
  • When the accident results in major traffic congestion;
  • And when there is damage to a vehicle to the extent that towing is required.

WHAT TO DO: Otherwise, drivers are asked to:

  • Exchange registration and insurance information;
  • Report the crash soon after the weather clears and Walk-In reporting ends

STAY SAFE: While it’s best to stay off the roads during snow storms and until the roads are clear, sometimes you have no choice. In those cases, AAA has recommends you keep these items in your car:

  • Cat Litter;
  • Snow Shovel;
  • Blanket;
  • Car Battery Cable;
  • Hand warmers;
  • Flashlight;
  • Food and Water;
  • Pet snacks (if applicable)

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