Sault Ste. Marie, November 17, 2008 — Accident Support Services Ltd., Facilitators of Collision Reporting to the Insurance Industry, are pleased to announce that on November 18, 2008 we will open a Collision Reporting Centre in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service. The grand opening on the 18th will include a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. and will include Police Officials and local dignitaries.
The Sault Ste. Marie Collision Reporting Centre will provide enhanced value to the public in the investigation of vehicle collisions. Rather than Police attending the scene of their accident, citizens will exchange information, and will have up to 48 hours to report property damage only collisions, towed or driveable, at the Collision Reporting Centre. Police will continue to attend collisions involving injury or death, alcohol, criminal activity, vehicles transporting dangerous goods or police vehicles.
The Sault Ste. Marie Collision Reporting Centre will be located at the Police Station, 580 Second Line East in Sault Ste. Marie. The hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closed on Sundays and on statutory holidays. Upon the citizen�s arrival at the centre, they will be greeted, and a member of our staff will help them complete the police report, direct them to police personnel as needed, photograph the damage to the vehicle, and offer them the opportunity to contact their family, broker or insurance company directly from the Police Station, offering the citizen a one stop service opportunity.
Accident Support Services is under contract with the Barrie, London, Peterborough, North Bay, Owen Sound, Brantford, Belleville, Hamilton, Durham Region, Cornwall, Timmins, Sudbury and Toronto Police Services, as well as with the Ontario Provincial Police. In addition, the Kenora, LaSalle, Port Hope, Perth, Midland, and Stirling-Rawdon Police Services utilize our Collision Reporting & Occurrence Management System (CROMS) as their electronic collision database.
Our goal is to facilitate an active partnership between the police and insurers in post accident care by providing knowledgeable advice and assistance to accident victims with empathy, integrity and availability. This results in increased convenience for the public as well as greater road safety. Our supporting insurers fund the program; therefore, there is no cost to the police or the public for these additional services.
Chief Bob Davies is looking forward to reaping the benefits of the program in his community. “By implementing the CRC Program, our Service will free up valuable front line policing resources which will assist the Service in achieving our community patrol goals. Reporting the collision in a centralized location will be less time consuming and safer for both the citizens and officers.”
About Accident Support Services
Accident Support Services International Ltd. is the private enterprise element of a partnership between Police, Insurance Companies and private enterprise. The company is the operator of several collision reporting centers throughout Ontario. Our primary focus is on providing superior customer service to the public while providing cost containment measures for both the Police and Insurance industries. Inherent to the program are powerful fraud deterrent measures and an efficient information flow system from the reporting centre to an insurance company�s claims office, including third party and passenger information. We offer the use of free telephones in the reporting centers we operate so that citizens reporting accidents can contact loved ones, their broker, or their insurer. www.accsupport.com