Pokey Little Puppies, er, Police

The only time I’ve ever gotten in an accident, it was in Fairfax County. The police and emergency services were AMAZING. They were there in what seemed like a split second, did their business, and we were done. And that situation was mucho complicated.

Just yesterday I was standing outside waiting for a co-worker when another co-worker and I heard a big bang, and wouldn’t you know it, right in front of us on the street two cars had collided. A Jaguar and a Grand Prix – one front passenger corner bashed in, the other with 75% of their side scraped and dented.

Overall not a great deal for the two drivers, but nonetheless a mild to moderate crash. No way anyone was hurt and the cars were absolutely just as drivable as they were the previous minute before one of them became an un-looking fool.

This was all at 10:20 a.m. My two co-workers and I walked to a meeting, had the meeting, walked back to the office. The two cars were still there. No police. I went inside, checked my messages, met with a friend for lunch, walked to lunch, ate, came back. Then and only then, probably around 1:15 at this point, were there police at the incident and looking like they were taking a report and talking to the two motorists.

Now I’ve heard stories from friends before who simply got in fender benders (but needed a police report regardless) and waited for hours for a cop to show up. I thought it was a fluke. Is it? My only need for police for a traffic issue didn’t happen in the city, but is this normal? I’ve lived here almost six years and have heard many stories like this. I know DC cops are busy – but HOURS?!?!

3 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 9:58 pm

    The Pokey Little Puppy was my favorite book when I was little!! I still have my giant version of it. Rock.


  2. Jerry (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    That doesn’t surprise me at all. I too, have been in an accident in Fairfax County, and their response time was great, and they sent a full assignment of units…

    I have been in an accident in DC…and never saw the police show up. In fact, I was told by the dispatcher that they were “too busy.”


  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    They triage the calls. So if nobody needs medical attention, the fender benders get lower priority than, say, robberies, assaults, murders, rapes and missing kids. That’s all it is. If medical attention is needed they send a first responder, which might be police, fire, medics, etc.

    It’s basic resource allocation. A minor accident is almost self-correcting if traffic isn’t blocked by it or if you don’t need a wrecker to tow something away. You swap info and drive away, allowing the insurance companies to sue each other or do whatever they do.

    In MA, the hellspot where I used to live, the police wouldn’t come when it sounded like my neighbor was being murdered. I am glad to live in an area where they do stuff at all without a grease-up. Worcester, MA was ultra shitty that way. The cops wanted something extra to do their jobs, the city government sucked donkey balls and the people were used to it.



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