According to the Highway Traffic Act, where combined damage to property of $1000 or more, the collision must be reported to police. In Chatham-Kent, the police now offer a safe and convenient method to report property damage collisions. Rather than waiting at the side of the road, or blocking traffic waiting for the police to arrive, citizens can now uses the Collision Reporting Centre.
The Chatham-Kent Police along with Accident Support Services operate a CRC (Collision Reporting Centre) out of our headquarters at 24 Third Street, Chatham.
This service is available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (not on weekends or holidays).
If a “minor” collision occurs both drivers shall exchange information: driver’s licence and address information, vehicle plate and description from permit (green paper) and insurance information (pink paper). They can then drive to the headquarters and report the collision.
Both drivers must agree to use this service, if one does not then call police to attend the scene.
Collisions not involving injury that occur anywhere in the Municipality can be reported here at the convenience of the involved parties (usually just after it happens, but within 48 hours (over a long weekend 72 hours).
Vehicles that need to be towed can be brought in from Chatham and the immediate surrounding area, but from the outer areas of the community please call for an officer to attend the scene if towing is required.
Collisions involving suspected impairment by alcohol or drugs shall be called in to police for scene attendance and not use the CRC.
Collisions diverted to the CRC allow police to reallocate the time they would have spent investigating the collision to higher priority needs in the community.