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Trouble Shooter: Police accident reports continue

Updated: Wednesday, June 18 2014, 01:36 AM EDT
CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- In July of last year, Cincinnati Police stopped writing accident reports and tickets in minor traffic accidents, citing a lack of manpower.

That infuriated many motorists like Leah McBride, of Westwood. She was rear-ended last month, but without a police report, she could not collect from the other driver's insurance company.

McBride said, "I felt the slickness so I started slowing down, well the lady had a lot of kids in this truck she was in plus she was on her cell phone so I believe she was just preoccupied. She runs into the back of me. I go up on the curb and come back down."

McBride's car suffered damage to its rear bumper and license plate. She took these photos and called police, but the responding officer told her:

"He's like ma'am we no longer give citations or do crash reports because we don't have the manpower and i'm sorry but our policy and procedures changed" said McBride.

In addition to the damage to the car, McBride says she also suffered whiplash and went to the hospital later that night. She says damage to her car and medical bills exceed $3,000 but when she filed a claim with the other driver's insurnce company:

McBride said, "They would not approve of my claim because I failed to control my vehicle. Going down the hill in the rain, get hit by their insured. I failed to control my vehicle."

McBride said she just wishes she had a police report, because the officer agreed the other driver was at fault.

"He said if I could I would give her a ticket ma'am he was like well what you could do is subpoena me and I could testify in court" said McBride.

McBride is one of many drivers who complained about the Cincinnati Police policy. As a result, the policy has now changed. Officers began writing tickets and crash reports again on June 1.

In the meantime, without a crash report to prove her case, McBride is going to have to sue the other driver to try to collect for her damages.

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