The process of obtaining a crash report just got easier

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Obtaining a crash report after an accident, can sometimes cause more headaches than the accident itself, but now the Louisiana State Police Traffic Records Section has made the process easier for the public.

"Would have been nice, then I could have just got it online," said Judy Malone.

Instead of picking up her crash report at Louisiana State Police Troop D, Judy could have waited one more day to obtain her crash report from home.

"We think it's going to be a lot easier for the public," said Sgt. James Anderson of Louisiana State Police Troop D. "It's a case of Louisiana State Police using technology to make it easier for people to transact business."

On Wednesday, April 21st, citizens, like Judy, will be able to obtain their crash reports with just a few clicks of the mouse.

"There will be a link right there on our [Louisiana] State Police website… you may click on that crash report request link and you will be able to obtain a crash report right there online," said Sgt. Anderson.

In person, the price to obtain a crash report is $7.50, and only money orders are accepted, but online, you can use any major credit card to pay that price along with a $1.00 processing fee.

By not having to go to a Louisiana State Police Troop location you'll save on time, not to mention gas, and that combination is likely to be very popular with the public.

"Everybody does everything online anyway so it would be wonderful to have it online," said Malone.

Sgt. Anderson stated, "It will come up in a PDA format and you'll be able to print it right there from your computer."

Though having access online will save you the wait at a troop location, citizens still will not have access to crash reports immediately after they've been involved in a crash.

"There is still a ten day wait from the time of a crash until you can obtain a crash report," said Sgt. Anderson.

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