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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Snow led to emergency only response

By Matt Zapotosky and Jennifer Buske

Police in Prince George's County went to an "emergency response only" status from the end of the evening shift -- 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. -- through much of the midnight shift -- 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. That means they responded, in person, only to calls that would require an immediate police presence, a police spokesman said.

Cpl. Evan Baxter, the police spokesman, said because of the weather and volume of calls, police stopped responding to minor property damage crashes and other incidents where reports could be taken over the phone or at a later time. He said he knew of no specific incidents where police response was delayed, and everything seemed to be moving normally Thursday afternoon.

Prince William County Police spokesman Jonathan Perok said county police amended their accident policy Wednesday, too. Perok said because of the high number of fender benders, police only responded to major accidents or those where someone was seriously injured.

Perok said police responded to 50 to 60 calls for crashes between 2 p.m. Wednesday and 1 a.m. Thursday, and another 1,300 calls for service between 6 a.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday.

Thirty-three vehicles have also been towed from Prince William roadways that have posed a “potential hazard” to the flow of traffic, Perok said. People who are looking for their vehicle can contact police at 703-792-6500

Perok said Prince William police will be using four-wheel drive vehicles to maneuver streets and some are not marked as police vehicles. They will, however, be displaying a magnetic police sign.




By Matt Zapotosky and Jennifer Buske  | January 27, 2011; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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