The State Highway Patrol issued notice this week that free collision reports no longer are available at local offices, perhaps ending a decades-old practice of providing the documents to the general public.
Personnel at county-based patrol offices were notified of the change last Friday by their commanders in Raleigh, officials said. The Daily Reflector learned about the change on Wednesday when it was denied access to reports filed by state troopers in Pitt County for the previous week.
The reports detailed investigations conducted by officers of the state agency about crashes on public roads in the county. The Reflector checks the documents weekly to learn who was involved in wrecks and report on public safety issues, criminal charges and incidents of public interest.
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