Motor and Other vehicles
Accidents and Accident Reports
§ 31-26-3.3 Duty to stop in accidents
involving motor vehicles and bicycles not resulting in serious bodily injury or
death Duty to give information and render aid Penalty.
(a) The driver of any vehicle knowingly involved in an accident with a person
riding a bicycle shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the
accident or as close to it as possible, and shall immediately return to and in
every event shall remain at the scene of the accident. The driver shall render
to any person injured or struck in an accident reasonable assistance, and shall
immediately, by the quickest means of communication known to the driver or
which should have reasonably been known to the driver to be available in the
locality, give notice of the accident to a nearby office of local or state
police. In the event the office so notified does not have jurisdiction of the
locale of the accident, it shall be the duty of the officer receiving the
notice to immediately give notice of the accident to the office having
(b) The officer receiving the notice set forth in subsection
(a) of this section shall, if the circumstances reasonably require, immediately
dispatch an ambulance or emergency medical service to the scene of the
accident. Any police or fire department responding to a call for emergency
medical service or assistance to a person injured in an accident shall continue
to the locale of the accident even though it is outside the jurisdiction of the
department and shall render any emergency service that is reasonably necessary.
(c) The driver of the vehicle shall, upon request, give his
or her name, address, and registration number of the vehicle the driver is
driving and shall exhibit his/her operator's or chauffeur's license to the
person struck, but in any event shall remain at the scene of the accident until
he/she has fulfilled the requirements of § 31-26-3.
(d) Any person failing to stop or comply with these
requirements under the circumstances shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall
be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) nor more
than one thousand dollars ($1,000), and may have his or her driver's license or
operating privilege in this state suspended for up to six (6) months.
History of Section.
(P.L. 2006, ch. 585, § 2.)