FAQs: Property Damage Only Traffic Accidents
How has LVMPD changed its collision response? Officers have begun to respond to property damage only (PDO) collisions as of January 1, 2016.
What types of collisions will LVMPD respond to?
- Traffic collisions with injuries or fatalities;
- Property damage only collisions on a public road:
- A driver under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other substances;
- A driver who doesn't have a driver's license, proof of insurance or registration;
- A hit and run;
- A vehicle disabled on the roadway as a result of an collision; and
- An uncooperative driver (i.e. will not exchange information) or any other disturbance meriting a police response.
What do I do if I’m involved in a collision?
Call 9-1-1 and they will assess the need for assistance. In cases where there is property damage only, involved parties are asked to call 3-1-1. When an officer arrives to a property damage only collision, they may take the following actions:
- Name Exchange - LVMPD Traffic Officers and/or patrol officers can facilitate a name exchange for any collision where there are no injuries reported and/or seen.
- PDO Report Response - LVMPD Traffic Officers have the option of taking a PDO Report through Brazos which is a redacted form that does not include all of the information gathered in a full collision report. Traffic Officers can take these reports whenever there is information in a collision which allows Traffic Officers to take enforcement action (citation or arrest).
- NHP5 Collision Report Response - LVMPD Traffic Officers will take a full NHP5 Collision Report whenever they encounter a collision where occupants complain of injury or officers see visible injuries.
Citizens can still initiate their own name exchange if both parties are willing and do not want to wait for a police response.
Please remember, traffic collisions involving injury will be given priority over a PDO collision.