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Car collision investigations; there's an App for that

'It will speed up the process of collision reporting'
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North Bay Police

The North Bay Police Service is hoping a new app on their phone will help speed up the investigation process when it comes to car collisions.  

Scott Tod, North Bay's Police Chief says starting in July, the Service will start using the new online tool. 

The local police service supports a Collision Reporting Service at North Bay Police Headquarters. Tod says traditionally the paperwork required can be time-consuming for investigating officers. 

"Often for our officers, it means filling out a very long form," said Tod. 

"Which includes checking off a lot of boxes, using a diagram, collecting information from drivers, insurance and vehicle information involved in the collision." 

He believes the new App will speed up the process. 

"Now we are able to work with the provider of our Collision Reporting Centre and actually have an App that we put on a cell phone that is issued to our members and they can actually complete a collision report online using the App and then sending it to the Collision Reporting Centre so that when drivers appear at the Collision Reporting Centre there is already information there.

"The Collision Reporting Centre can do some rudimentary measurements, and examinations of a vehicle and drivers can leave shortly thereafter so it will speed up the process of collision reporting."

Tod believes the new App will make things more accurate and will provide information to all the people involved including the Ministry of Transportation in a more timely fashion. 

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