On November 16, 2020, the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be launching the provinces newest Collision Reporting Centre (CRC).
Motorists involved in a property damage collision are now able to report their collision at CRC which is located at the Northumberland Detachment at 1165 Division Street, in the Town of Cobourg.
Eleven (11) similar OPP CRC’s can be found in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and southern Ontario detachments of the OPP. Drivers involved in a property damage collision in any of these detachment areas can now conveniently report their collision to any of these CRC’s within 48 hours of the occurrence.
The Highway Traffic Act requires that all collisions where people are injured or property damage is valued at more than $2,000.00 to vehicles or property, or damage to any highway property to be reported to police forthwith. Reporting to the CRC will meet this requirement.
Property damage crashes consume a large amount of police resources and time as well as put all involved occupants at risk of being involved in a secondary collision and greater risk of injury. Northumberland OPP attended 2479 property damage collision between October 1st, 2018 and September 30th, 2020.
The Northumberland OPP will continue to offer the same excellent service in responding to collisions that require an officer to attend however many collisions on Northumberland highways are minor in nature and drivers are able to clear their vehicles quickly and safely off the highway without police assistance. An officer who attends a collision may direct those involved persons to attend the CRC if all the criteria are met.
One of our goals is to ensure that these property damage collisions no longer increase traffic congestion and reduce the chance of a more serious collision from occurring. This is achieved by diverting motorists to a location off the highway to allow the administration of reporting the collision.
The CRC will provide a more effective use of police resources and allow frontline officers to focus more time on proactive efforts to enhance public safety.
Collisions involving the following will continue to have an officer investigate the collision at the scene:
- Death or Injury
- Transportation of dangerous goods
- Involving large commercial motor vehicles
- Fail to remain (unless no driver or vehicle information available for follow up)
- Collision where there is suspicion of criminal activity
- Suspended or unlicensed drivers
- Uninsured vehicles
- Drivers refusing to share required information to other drivers
- Vehicles blocking live lanes of traffic
- Damage to private, public or government property
- Government vehicles, or
- Collisions involving a pedestrian or cyclist
An involved driver at any collision may request to have an OPP officer attend the scene if the collision has occurred in OPP jurisdiction.
The Collision Reporting Centre at Northumberland OPP Detachment – Cobourg Site hours of operation will be:
Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – Closed