Drivers and owners of vehicles involved in traffic crashes will need to submit accident reports directly to DMV, as part of several new laws taking effect Jan. 1, 2006.

Previously, accident reports could be submitted to law enforcement agencies, as well as DMV, in Oregon. Law enforcement agencies then forwarded the reports to DMV.

Senate Bill 78, passed by the 2005 Legislature, changed Oregon law to require that crash reports be submitted directly to DMV.

"This will reduce the number of people who handle a report before it reaches us, which should reduce the chances that reports are lost or delayed," DMV Administrator Lorna Youngs said.

Reports can be dropped off at any DMV field office, where most have marked drop boxes.

Individuals also can mail their reports to DMV headquarters using the address listed in the instructions that come with the form.

Accident report forms can be obtained at DMV field offices or online:-(www.OregonDMV.com).

Info: David House (503) 945-5270.

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