A House committee Tuesday afternoon approved to a bill that would restrict public access to police reports on traffic accidents.
Sponsored by Rep. Dave Hogue, R-Riverton, HB163 would make traffic accident reports confidential except to governmental agencies, insurance companies and the media. The bill would also allow reports to be released to those who acquire written permission from the people involved in an accident.The sponsor and police representatives said the bill was necessary to keep people from preying on those involved in accidents.
West Jordan Director of Public Safety Ken McGuire said people come in requesting reports of those involved in injury accidents and tell officials they plan to sell the information to chiropractors and lawyers.
"They're very open about their intentions," McGuire said. "It's almost like we're victimizing of the victims of these accidents again."