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Vegas cops skipping fender-benders

LAS VEGAS (AP) Las Vegas police said officers are going to stop responding to non-injury fender-bender crashes where drivers are willing to trade insurance information.

Traffic division Capt. Mark Tavarez told reporters Monday the new policy will begin March 3.

The Las Vegas Sun reports police still plan to respond to injury crashes, hit-and-run incidents and accidents where at least one driver refuses to exchange insurance information.

Las Vegas police said theyre stretched thin, and a proposal for a sales tax hike to hire more officers failed in recent weeks.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie had warned staffing and service levels were at risk.

Police said drivers should exchange insurance information and file a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles accident report within 10 days as required by state law.

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