§ 31-47-10 Accident reports.
(a) Every party required to file an accident report under § 31-26-6 shall also include with the report a document described under § 31-47-12(c). If the administrator of the division of motor vehicles determines, within forty-five (45) days after the report is filed, that an operator or owner has violated § 31-47-9, the administrator of the division of motor vehicles shall, unless an order based upon the violation has been entered against the operator or owner under § 31-47-9, do all of the following:
(1) Order the impoundment, with respect to the motor vehicle involved in the accident, of the certificate of registration and registration plates of any owner who has violated § 31-47-9.
(2) Order the suspension of the license of any operator or owner who has violated § 31-47-9.
(3) Record the name and address of the person whose certificate of registration and registration plates have been impounded or are under an order of impoundment, or whose license has been suspended or is under an order of suspension; the serial number of his or her license; the serial numbers of his or her certificate of registration and registration plates. The information shall be recorded in a manner that it becomes a part of the person's permanent record, and assists the administrator of the division of motor vehicles in monitoring compliance with the orders of suspension or impoundment.
(4) Send written notification by certified mail to every person to whom the order pertains, at the person's last known address as shown on the records of the division of motor vehicles. The person shall, within ten (10) days after the date of the mailing of the notification, surrender to the administrator of the division of motor vehicles any certificate of registration and registration plates under the order of impoundment, or any license under the order of suspension.
(b) The administrator shall issue any order under this section without a hearing. Any person adversely affected by the order may, within ten (10) days after the issuance of the order, request an administrative hearing before the administrator of the division of motor vehicles who shall provide the person with an opportunity for a hearing in accordance with this paragraph. A request for a hearing does not operate as a stay of the order. The hearing shall afford the person an opportunity to respond to the allegation that he or she knowingly operated or permitted to be operated a motor vehicle without the financial security required by law. The administrator shall determine the date, time, and place of any hearing, provided that the hearing shall be held, and an order issued or findings made, within thirty (30) days after the administrator of the division of motor vehicles receives a request for a hearing. The person shall pay the cost of the hearing before the administrator of the division of motor vehicles, if the administrator's order of suspension or impoundment is upheld.
(P.L. 1991, ch. 167, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 158, § 1.)