Ordinances

34.00 ACCIDENTS - TRAFFIC


34.01 Required to stop at accident involving death, injury or damage
34.02 Required to give information and render aid
34.03 Duty to report accidents immediately
34.04 When driver unable to report accident
34.05 Duty when striking unattended vehicle
34.06 Duty when striking fixtures on a roadway

.01 Duty to stop at scene of accident involving death or personal injuries or damage to vehicles: The driver of any vehicle directly involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person, or resulting in damage to a vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible, but shall then forthwith return to and in every event remain at the scene of the accident until he has fulfilled the requirements of Sections 34.02, 34.03 or 34.04. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

.02 Duty to give information and render aid: The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall give his or her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle he is driving and shall upon request exhibit his or her operator's or chauffeur's license to the person struck or the driver, or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with and where practical shall render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the making of arrangements for the transportation of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment, if necessary, or if such transportation is requested by the injured person.

.03 Duty to report accidents immediately: The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury or death or any person or any property damage shall by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the Department of Police and Public Safety. No vehicle involved in such accident shall be moved except when so ordered by a police officer.

.04 When driver unable to report: Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of making a required accident report and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of making a report, such occupant shall make or cause to be made said report.

.05 Duty upon striking unattended vehicle: The driver of any vehicle which collides with any vehicle which is unattended shall immediately stop, and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle, or if such person cannot be located, shall leave securely attached in a conspicuous place in the vehicle struck a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking and a statement of the circumstances, and shall report such accident as provided in Sections 34.03 or 34.04 of this ordinance.

.06 Duty upon striking fixtures on a street or roadway: The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to fixtures legally upon or adjacent to a street shall take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of such property of such fact, and of his or her name and address and of the registration number of the vehicle he or she is driving, and shall upon request exhibit his or her operator's or chauffeur's license and shall make a report of such accident as provided in Section 34.03 of this ordinance.

Enacted: September 15, 1964
Amended: December 10, 1994

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