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Not every fender-bender needs the cops, police say

Major crashes should be reported to police, but not every fender-bender needs a 911 call.

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Major crashes should be reported to police, but not every fender-bender needs a 911 call.

With winter driving taking its annual toll in terms of bent metal, Brandon police have issued a reminder that not every minor collision requires a police presence.

The Highway Traffic Act does require that the driver of a vehicle that crashes write down pertinent information and give it anyone who was injured or whose property was damaged. That information should include the date and time, the name, address and phone number of drivers inolved, the make, model, year and license plate number of the vehicles involved, and contact information of any witnesses.

Having this information will also help in any insurance claim.

Police say that you only need to call them if there has been a death or other serious injury, or if there was a crime like a hit-and-run, an unlicensed driver, an impaired driver, or a driver who didn't give information.

To report road hazards or to ask about traffic matters in Brandon, people can contact the Brandon Police Service's traffic section at 204-729-2345.

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