203.00 - TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
203.01 (1) General Information A traffic accident is defined as unintentional damage or injury caused by the movement of a vehicle or its load. An officer, employee or dispatcher receiving a report of an accident, by telephone or other means shall: a. b. c. Determine if any injuries have occurred. Order an ambulance or other necessary equipment. Direct parties involved to move their vehicles, if possible from traffic lanes; to expedite traffic flow. Vehicles are not to be moved when the accident involves injury, or if a driver is suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Use the guidelines in OMS 203.02 (1) to determine whether a report will be made at the scene of the accident.
Special Operations Division officers assigned with traffic responsibilities will investigate traffic accident whenever possible. Uniformed officers not on a previous assignment, observing or who are notified of a motor vehicle accident, shall notify the dispatcher of the location and follow the guidelines in OMS 203.02 (1) to determine if a report will be made at the scene of the accident. Upon arrival at the scene of an accident, the following steps shall be taken: a. b. c. Position the police car so that it does not create any further hazard. Protect the accident scene. Determine whether injuries have occurred and request an ambulance if necessary. If practical, render first aid. Once an ambulance has responded, injured persons shall not be transported in a police vehicle except on the advice of a paramedic. Restore traffic flow as soon as is practical, making sure the roadway is cleared of any hazard. When the Fire Department is called to extricate individuals trapped in any manner, the ranking officer of the Fire Department at the scene shall be in complete charge until rescue operations have terminated. Give each driver an Accident Information Exchange Form, DPD 338, after completing the space marked...