An Arkansas state lawmaker has filed a bill in the lead-up
to the regular session that begins next month that would require drivers
involved in wrecks to remain at the scene for at least 30 minutes.
Rep. Chris Thyer, D-Jonesboro, said the effort is intended
to keep people at the scene of any wreck that results in injury, death or
damage to vehicles in case a law enforcement officer is en route.
"My bill put some sort of time frame in there so that when
police or a county sheriff are en route we're going to require the people
involved in the accident to stay to respond to any police questioning or
anything like that," Thyer told the Arkansas News Bureau.
Thyer pointed out that current Arkansas law requires drivers
in crashes to render aid but it doesn't place a time limit on the length of
time people stay at the scene.
The bill - HB1008 - is expected to draw consideration during
the legislative session that begins Jan. 8.