Cutting police costs, crash reporting center to be considered in Roanoke

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ROANOKE CO. (WSLS 10) - Roanoke County leaders are discussing ways to cut down on the amount of time and county money police officers spend on minor traffic accidents.

Each year, the police department responds to 2,600 calls for traffic crashes. Each call is estimated to take at least an hour of the officers time.

According to a new report by the Roanoke County Police Department, those accidents take a large amount of officers' time and can create a variety of problems for those involved including roadway closures and congestion.

To reduce that time, county leaders will hear a presentation Tuesday in a work session about creating a crash reporting center in Roanoke. Board of Supervisors member Jason Peters says it's an idea he is interested in for the county.

"If you think about an hour being taken out of there day when two vehicles are just waiting on tow trucks, nobody injured. Then two people could have left the scene and go do something else. It's going to give them a better opportunity to deal with other issues we have around the county," Peters said.

According to Police Chief Howard Hall, crash centers are already successful in parts of Canada.

Roanoke County police will present the idea to the board of supervisors at the 3 p.m. meeting on Tuesday.

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