stopping and reporting

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A driver is required by s 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as amended) to stop his vehicle if an accident has occurred owing to the presence of a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place, in which either personal injury is caused to someone other than the driver of the vehicle, or damage is caused to another vehicle, or to an animal (other than one being carried by the driver), or to any property attached to land on which the road is situated or adjacent to the road. If so required by a person having reasonable grounds, the driver must give his own name and address, the name and address of the owner of the vehicle, and the registration number of his vehicle. If the driver does not give his name and address to any such person, he must report the accident to a police station or to a constable as soon as is reasonably practicable and, in any event, within 24 hours. The offences are punishable by up to six months' imprisonment and a level 5 fine and are endorsable. A court also has the discretion to disqualify the offender from driving for a period.

It is also an offence under s 168 of the 1988 Act for a person alleged to have committed the offence of dangerous or careless driving or cycling (see careless and inconsiderate driving; careless and inconsiderate cycling; dangerous cycling; dangerous driving) to refuse, on being so required by a person having reasonable grounds to do so, to give his name and address to that person or to give a false name and address. The offences are punishable by a level 3 fine.

Subjects: Law.

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