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Report a Crash

If you are involved in a crash or collision, whether that may be with another vehicle, pedestrian, building or bicyclist, Colorado State law requires all drivers involved to provide their name, address and vehicle registration to all other involved persons. This means that you must show your driver's license to anyone who asks to see it. In all cases, except when an Accident Alert has been declared, you must stop and report the crash by calling your local police station or 911.

Accident Alerts

An Accident Alert is declared when conditions (such as inclement weather or other emergency) are so severe that police officers are unable to respond to the volume of motor vehicle crashes. If involved in a crash while an Accident Alert is declared, call 911 and waiting for a dispatcher to determine if a police officer will be sent to the scene. If the crash does not meet the criteria for a police response you must do the following:

1. All drivers involved must exchange their name, driver's license information, vehicle registration information and proof of insurance information.
2. File a report as soon as possible by reporting the crash to your local police station or calling 911. For crashes that occur outside of the Denver city limits, you must respond to that jurisdiction to complete the counter crash report.

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Locating a Towed Vehicle

Denver, unlike many municipalities, doesn't automatically impound towed vehicles. Vehicles that are towed are often relocated to a nearby location and parked legally there. There is a $100 tow fee incurred for moving a vehicle.

If your vehicle's been towed, contact the Denver Police Non-Emergency line to locate it: 720-913-2000 (When you get the recorded message, hit 0 for the operator; they will look up your vehicle's location).

Denver Sheriff Vehicle Impound


Boot Removal

If there are 3 or more unpaid tickets (or other outstanding citations) on a vehicle, a seizure warning notice will be issued, and a boot may be placed on your car. The boot won't be removed until all outstanding fines (including the additional $100 boot fee) are paid. If a vehicle is booted for 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) without payment, it will be considered abandoned and towed to impound. If a vehicle is towed to impound, an additional $100 tow fee will be charged.

Payment by phone or online for booted vehicles can be made 24 hours a day. However, if fines, penalties and boot fees are paid after 5:00 pm using the Pay-by-Phone system or the Pay-by-Web service, the vehicle will be released during normal operating hours.

Walk-in payments for boots may be made with cash, money order, Visa or MasterCard; no checks accepted for boots. Payments should be presented at the Parking Cashier's Office on the first floor of the Wellington Webb Building in downtown Denver. The Parking Cashier's Office is open Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5 pm, excluding holidays.

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Vision Zero

About Vision Zero

You have the right to be safe on streets and sidewalks no matter where you go or how you get there.

Vision Zero is a transportation safety philosophy that was developed in Sweden to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries in the transportation system. Denver adopted this philosophy in 2016, in coordination with dozens of city agencies and partners to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030.

 
 

Click below for more information about Vision Zero:

 

Click below to learn valuable safety tips that can help you avoid a traffic crash:

 
 
Contact Traffic Operations

Phone: (720) 337-1030

3381 Park Avenue West
Denver, CO 80216

The Traffic Operations Section is responsible for

  • Motor vehicle crash investigations
  • Traffic safety and efficiency on city streets and highways
  • Enforcement of traffic-related city ordinances and state statutes

The Traffic Operations Section oversees the City's Photo Radar Enforcement Program, Speed Trailer Program, and manages street closure requests. 

  • Visit the Photo Radar Enforcement website for information about fines and requesting enforcement.
  • Visit the Street Closure Permits website to apply for a special event street closure permit.
  • A speed trailer can be requested to help reduce speeding and motor vehicle crashed in your community. For more information, call the Neighborhood Enforcement Team at 720-337-1030.


Traffic Investigations Unit

Phone: 720-337-1000
The Traffic Investigations Unit is responsible for investigations of the following:

  • Fatal/serious bodily injuries
  • Hit and run incidents
  • Habitual traffic offenders
  • Criminal impersonation
  • City vehicle crashes
  • Hazardous materials

Useful Information

Body shop owners can partner with the Denver Police Department tol receive information about suspected vehicles involved in a hit and run incident and will then call Traffic Investigations prior to starting work on any vehicles matching the suspect description.

Sign up for Auto Body Alerts

Park Smart Denver provides information about parking permit programs, accessible parking, public lots and garage maps, parking meters, bicycle parking and B-cycle program, street sweeping reminders and more.

Denver police officers stop motor vehicles for a variety of reasons including:

  • Traffic violations such as speeding, running a red light or expired plates.
  • Occupants suspected of being involved in a crime or witnessing a crime.
  • Vehicles suspected of being used to commit a crime.

What you should do:

  1. Red and blue lights and/or a siren mean pull over to the right where it is safe and where you will not block traffic.
  2. If it is dark the officer will use a bright spotlight or flashlight to illuminate you and your car.
  3. Upon request drivers are required to provide their license, registration, and proof of insurance.
  4. Depending on the circumstances, officers may request identification from passengers as well.
  5. Remain in your vehicle, keep your hands where the officer can see them and follow his/her instructions.
  6. Avoid sudden movements and do not reach for your license or other items until the officer requests them.
  7. It is reasonable and legal for an officer to require that you and your passengers get out of the vehicle, but do not get out until he or she asks.
  8. Ask any passengers in your car to remain calm and comply with the officer's instructions. 

 



Police Administration Building
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Denver Police Department

Non-Emergency: 720-913-2000
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

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