Motor and Other Vehicles

Safety Responsibility Administration – Security Following Accident

SECTION 31-31-5

§ 31-31-5. Determination of security required – Notices.

(a) The division of motor vehicles, not less than twenty (20) days after receipt of a report of an accident as described in § 31-31-4, shall determine the amount of security which shall be sufficient in its judgments to satisfy any judgment or judgments for damages resulting from the accident as may be recovered against each driver or owner. The determination shall not be made with respect to drivers or owners who are exempt under succeeding sections of this chapter from the requirements as to security and suspension.

(b) The division of motor vehicles shall determine the amount of security deposit required of any person upon the basis of the reports or other information submitted. In the event a person involved in an accident as described in this chapter fails to make a report or submit information indicating the extent of his or her injuries or the damage to his or her property within ninety (90) days after the accident, and the division of motor vehicles does not have sufficient information on which to base an evaluation of the injuries or damage, then the division of motor vehicles, after reasonable notice to the person, if it is possible to give notice, otherwise without notice, shall not require any deposit of security for the benefit or protection of the person.

(c) The division of motor vehicles within ninety (90) days after receipt of report of any accident referred to herein, and upon determining the amount of security to be required of any person involved in the accident or to be required of the owner of any vehicle involved in the accident, shall give written notice to the person of the amount of security required to be deposited by him or her, and that an order of suspension will be made as provided in this chapter upon the expiration of ten (10) days after the sending of the notice unless within the time security is deposited as required by the notice.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1993, ch. 4, § 2.)