Know Your Laws: Leaving Scene of Accident

Know Your Laws: Leaving Scene of Accident


PRESS RELEASE – “Know you laws” is a production of the Press Office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

According to Section 83 of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act 2008


-A person driving or in charge of any motor vehicle shall if, owing to the presence of the motor vehicle on a road, an accident occurs whereby personal injury is caused to any person or damage is caused to any other motor vehicle—

-immediately stop; and

-if required so to do by any person having reasonable grounds for so requiring, give—

(i)    his or her name and address,

(ii)    the name and address of the owner of the vehicle,

(iii)    the registration number of the vehicle,

(iv)    the name of the insurance company with which the owner of the vehicle is insured, and

(v)    the names of all persons in the vehicle at the time of the accident; and


(c)    report the accident at a police station as soon as reasonably practicable but before the expiration of a period of 24 hours after its occurrence.

(2)    Paragraph (c) does not apply if a report is made at the time and place of the accident, to a police officer in uniform.

(3)    A person who contravenes or fails to comply with this section commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

This has been “Know Your Laws”. We at the Royal Saint Lucia Police force encourage the citizenry to read and study the laws which governs our society. Never forget that knowledge is power.


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  1. If i read the above correctly then there is no reason to remain on the scene or keep the vehicles in the same position. All the law requires is for me to stop immediately and do the information exchange and be sure to report the accident in 24 hrs.


    • Almost like saying that hit-and-run accidents are allowed but you must report them within 24 hours. Eh bien!


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