App for small crashes to free up cops
HAD a little bingle while driving?
There's an app for that.
Queensland Police's new mobile phone and online program for reporting minor crashes means drivers involved in minor prangs will not have to wait for police to attend once they've submitted the details online.
Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said Policelink would reduce the force's workloads.
"In 2010, a Queensland Police Service report estimated about 73,000 officer hours were dedicated each year to responding to non-injury crashes," Mr Keating said.
He said the app did not apply to deaths, serious injury crashes or those involving drugs or alcohol.
"Motorists still need to report a crash ... where any party involved is injured or killed, a driver fails to provide their details and/or a vehicle involved in the crash requires towing.
"However, where a non-injury traffic crash occurs that does not require police investigation, members of the public are able to report these by downloading the Policelink smartphone app, completing a form online via the Policelink website or by calling Policelink on 13 14 44."
After the information has been collected, drivers will be issued a report number for their insurers.
- APN NEWSDESK