Crash Reports Now Available Online
July 6, 2005
Lansing - With a few clicks of a mouse, motorists can now access traffic crash reports at their convenience, thanks to a new state web site.
The Traffic Crash Purchasing System (TCPS) was launched in June by the Michigan State Police (MSP) and the Crash Process Redesign Team, which is a multi-agency initiative to redesign and upgrade the state's traffic crash processing system. TCPS allows persons involved in crashes and insurance agents to purchase a copy of the accident report, commonly called a UD-10, online.
"This system creates a central location for accessing the state's crash reports," said Lieutenant Colonel Tom Miller, MSP deputy director and commander of the Administrative Services Bureau. "Involved parties no longer have to travel to the agency that handled the crash, but instead can access their report 24-7, right from their computer."
The system complies with the Driver Privacy Protection Act and Freedom of Information standards to ensure the purchase of crash data is secure. An involved party or insurance company will need specific information pertaining to the crash, including the crash date, driver's license number of the involved party and the serial or incident/case number, to purchase the $10 report. No credit card information will be kept on file.
Insurance agencies can register with TCPS and choose one of three payment methods, including credit card, electronic funds transfer or monthly billings.
TCPS has benefits for law enforcement agencies, as well. A percentage of every crash report purchased goes to the supplying agency, and purchasing reports online reduces personnel time spent processing requests.
Ten years of crash data is currently available through TCPS. New crash reports are available for download 10 days after receipt of the report from the law enforcement agency handling the crash.
The Crash Process Redesign Team consists of the Michigan Department of Information Technology, Michigan Department of State, Michigan Department of Transportation and MSP. Its goal is to improve the timeliness, accuracy and availability of crash data.
For more information or to access TCPS, visit: http://www.michigan.gov/msp and click on the TCPS icon.
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