The Arkansas House has unanimously approved a bill that
would require drivers involved in wrecks to remain at the scene for at least 30
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.
Rep. Chris Thyer, D-Jonesboro, said he offered the bill
after being told a story about a man involved in a car wreck who left his
driver's license and registration with the other driver and then drove home.
When officers arrived at his house, he was drinking a cocktail, the Arkansas News Bureau reported.
"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 News
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 - has been sent to the Senate
Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee for further