MONTROSE, Colo. (KREX) — The directive states that department patrol officers will only respond to motor vehicle crashes on private property but only if there is serious injury, fatalities, driving under the influence, reckless driving, or emergency medical services respond. Those involved in lighter accidents should direct themselves to the online accident report system that launched last summer.

Representatives say this isn’t a trend or campaign but the new normal.

“You get into a fender bender or someone backs into you, that is considered, to us, as a private property crash,” City of Montrose Public Information Officer William Woody discusses, “After parties exchange information, go online and file the report. What that does is it saves an officer pulling an officer from another assignment.”

The reporting system also applies to incidents, such as minor theft, fraud, vehicle trespass, lost property, hit and run, and vandalism.

The online system connects the user to the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles online accident report system. To use this system, the accident must meet each of the following criteria:

• No fatality or injury requiring medical attention was sustained by any person(s) involved in the accident.

• The accident is not an alleged hit and run or, if it is an alleged hit and run, there is no information on the other driver involved in the accident.

• The accident does not involve damage to any public property other than wildlife.

• No drivers involved in the accident are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or of having insurance or driver’s license violations.