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Old 04-09-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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This is a rant

My wife picks up our grandsons, ages 8 and 10 from school. On the way home another driver pulls out of a side street into the side of our van.

No one is injured, but police are called, reports made, information exchanged between drivers.

Within days we start receiving mail addressed to my wife from chiropractic practices and pain clinics from all over town. No surprise there.

BUT our daughter is receiving a bunch of mail from chiropractic and pain clinics (7 just today, bring the count to 17) addressed to the parents of _____ and _____ at her home. There were listed on the police report as passengers.

Why can the names of minors be released to the public? If a minor is arrested for a crime, they and their family are protected from having their names revealed, but involved in a minor accident and there is obviously no concern about releasing information about minors.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Quakertown, Pa., USA
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I don't know why that is but if you contact these people and tell them they are soliciting minors they may stop, here in Pa., if a minor commets a crime or is even cought out after curfew thier name and area in which they live and where they were cought is published in the local paper, needless to say it's fairly quite in Quarkertown.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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I don't know why that is but if you contact these people and tell them they are soliciting minors they may stop, here in Pa., if a minor commets a crime or is even cought out after curfew thier name and area in which they live and where they were cought is published in the local paper, needless to say it's fairly quite in Quarkertown.
I guess in the legal aspect they are soliciting the parents, the fact their information was released in the first place by the police department is my issue.

True accident reports are public record, but I also believe that minors listed on them should not be. If nothing else to block out their personal information to those making blanket requests for accident reports, i.e. those attempting to profit.

Here is a minor is arrested for a crime, the information released contains no personal information, but will merely state "a 14 year old male" was arrested for .................

Gratefully I also don't live someplace where curfews are necessary.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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I would be calling the police department to find out why they disclosed the names of minors. Nothing is gained by doing so and it's an intrusion when mail is sent because of it. It's no one's business.
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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In many places accident reports are public record and are pulled on a regular basis by reporters covering the police beat. They have to be complete for later possible litigation. Altering or censoring by the police would give any attorney a field day in court.
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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In many places accident reports are public record and are pulled on a regular basis by reporters covering the police beat. They have to be complete for later possible litigation. Altering or censoring by the police would give any attorney a field day in court.
No indication that a reporter is involved, but the chiropractic and pain clinics have filled our mailbox, and today the junk mail from 5 or 6 sleezly personal injury law firms came.

I understand the public record aspect, but I also am incensed that the names of minors that were in the vehicle are released to these predatory businesses.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Reporters can go into a police station and ask for arrest records and such, not sure about anywhere else but here in FL thats what they do.
It is completly wrong in my opinion to have acess to any information about minors..
There too many sickos out there.
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:45 AM
 
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An interesting aspect of this is that while the information is a "public record", it is also a HIPPA violation, ie, health information, injury from an auto accident that is released without the prior knowledge or consent of the injured party. That, in and of itself, is breakiung a federal law. I wonder if anyone has ever followed up on that aspect of public record vs. Private health information. Especially as the information released is being used by medical practioners to solicit for additional medical services.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Reporters can go into a police station and ask for arrest records and such, not sure about anywhere else but here in FL thats what they do.
It is completly wrong in my opinion to have acess to any information about minors..
There too many sickos out there.
Here, they can ask, but they will not be given the name of minors that are arrested. Information released is basically limited to gender and age.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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An interesting aspect of this is that while the information is a "public record", it is also a HIPPA violation, ie, health information, injury from an auto accident that is released without the prior knowledge or consent of the injured party. That, in and of itself, is breakiung a federal law. I wonder if anyone has ever followed up on that aspect of public record vs. Private health information. Especially as the information released is being used by medical practioners to solicit for additional medical services.
Hadn't even thought about that aspect. Thanks
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