Accident reports to be available online

August 30, 2006|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,SUN REPORTER

Howard County police will launch a new program Friday that will make traffic accident reports available online within 48 hours of an incident.

Currently, anyone looking for a copy of a report must file a paper request at the police station, and a report is later mailed out.

"This is an exciting new tool for Howard County citizens," said acting Police Chief William McMahon in a written statement. "It will enable drivers involved in collisions and their insurance companies to access accident reports quickly and easily."

Police say those seeking online access to reports, at www.hcpd. org, will have to provide at least two of three pieces of information: a report number, the date of the incident and the name of an involved party. Each user will have to certify that he or she was involved in the accident or is an attorney or is with an insurance company representing someone involved in the accident.

The cost of the report is $5, and users can pay by credit card or through an account set up with the service provider, PoliceReport.US.

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