Dutch police to stop dealing with minor crashes

19th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch police are no longer going to investigate minor motorway accidents involving limited damage.

19 August 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch police are no longer going to investigate minor motorway accidents.

Accidents involving limited damage will now be dealt with on the spot by staff from the Department of Public Works (DPW). The police will continue to handle major accidents.

Seven out of 10 motorway accidents involve no injuries, and only require the filling in of forms relating to damage. The number of DPW personnel is being increased to deal with the extra workload, and they will be given wider powers.

The measure is part of a general policy to clear motorways up more quickly following accidents. It is hoped police manpower will also be freed up to fight crime.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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