TAMPA – If you’re in a car accident, it should now be a lot easier to get your hands on the records. That’s because politicians changed the law as of July 1st as a direct result of a FOX 13 investigation.
Earlier this year, investigative reporter Doug Smith showed us how the law regarding “crash reports” was in desperate need of repair, and this past legislative session lawmakers in Tallahassee went to work.
“We’re not perfect in Tallahassee, anything but perfect,” says State Senator Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey.) “With the technology today, that information especially crash reports should be available to them immediately,” Fasano said, calling the change long overdue.
Jeff Brandes, a state representative from St. Petersburg, wants to see the records go online.
“I think it definitely should be done online, and it could be done at a minimal cost,” he said.