[*BCM*] non-emergency hotline?
zan at stargeek.com
Mon Oct 23 09:43:32 EDT 2006
speaking of all this, can someone recommend a good bike vs car accident
On 10/22/06, turtle <turtle at zworg.com> wrote:
> Hi welcome to warmer, yet chillier (in disposition) Boston!
> I believe that your case most definitely warrants a police report. By
> state law, all crashes that iinvolve either and injury or property
> damage have to be reported (by all drivers of vehicles, including
> cyclists). So, while you may not have any damage to yourself or your
> vehicle, and you aren't legally required to report the crash, you were
> still hit, and that is something that the government, and bicycle and
> general traffic safety advocacy groups want to know about (via
> government statistics). So reporting the crash is at least helpful for
> society, if not you individually.
> Also, hit-and-run is absolutely a criminal offense (as opposed to just
> hitting someone, and sticking around, which is just a civil offense).
> You've got the info that the cops need to investigate, and maybe even
> prosecute. If there were any witnesses it would be even better for
> your case.
> So yeah, you should file a report. You'll need to make a couple of
> copies of the report (usually available at the local PD's website and
> definitely at the station itself). It's too late to have them come and
> take a report in person (they usually ask you to come in to the station,
> unless both parties are there at the time and/or you are still in
> danger). And I've never heard of the PD taking a report over the
> phone. A lead maybe, but not an actual report where you want to file
> So yeah, please do file a report!
> Peace, Love, and Bicycles,
> Boston Critical Mass <list at bostoncriticalmass.org> wrote:
> > Hello, all.
> > I'm new to the Bostonland area, having just moved from Chicago. Is
> there a
> > non-emergency police hotline around here, to report non-injury accidents
> > such (analogous to Chi's 311)? Like when some jerkface in an SUV nicks
> > back corner and, uh, drives off? But you have their plate number and
> > tailed them to their parking spot and building in an adrenaline-fueled
> > sprint even though you had groceries in your pannier?
> > Does that even rank a call to an authority or should I just return to
> > house and leave a small note on the car, with a few sentences on
> > and a remark about our mutual luck this afternoon?
> > Thank you!
> > -Robin.
> A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'universe,' a part
> limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
> feelings, as something separate from the rest -- a kind of optical
> delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
> us, restricting us to our personal decisions and to affection fo a few
> persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
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