Yates County Sheriff accident reports available online

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Sheriff Ron Spike announces that his agency has made it easier for people to get accident reports (MV104A) from their personal computers over the internet. Last year there were nearly 600 accidents in Yates County.  

“Starting this week, anyone can log on to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office website www.yatescountysheriff.org and pay $5 for an electronic version of the report,” said Spike. Four dollars of the charge goes to PoliceReports.us, a contractor that hosts the reports online because the Sheriff’s software cannot, and one dollar goes to the county as revenue.

Currently individuals seeking a report must contact the Sheriff’s Records Division and pay twenty-five cents a page for each copy and this is generally done in person at the Sheriff’s Office.

“This new service is yet an option,” said Spike, adding, “It is being afforded to people and businesses that want access 24 hours per day to a copy of the report and yet the old in-person method will still be available during regular business hours.”

A person requesting records must provide an e-mail address where the report will be sent later. Businesses or Attorneys can set up a pre-paid account as well.

“We ask that people give us one or two business days to get the reports online,” said Chief Deputy Howard Davis, “Deputy sheriffs turn in reports at the end of their shifts and those reports are reviewed by supervisors the next business day, and typically, they are uploaded to the online system the following business day.”

Spike says he believes that motorists and insurance companies should find the new service as a convenient option.  Making the reports available online also is expected to improve efficiency in the records section because there will be fewer walk-ins and mailed-in requests for reports, he said.  

Collisions may be searched by report number, date of occurrence, location or parties’ names.

Anyone with questions about the service should call the records division office at 315-536-5178