The Traffic Stop: What to do when you hit an unattended vehicle or other piece of property

By McPherson Police Department
January 06, 2015

Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle or Other Property; (STO #26 & KSA 8-1605 Find the exact wording here: http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_8/Article_16/8-1605.html

Bottom Line: When you're involved in a collision you must STOP, STAY, & MAKE EVERY EFFORT to locate the owner and notify him/her of any damage done. You must provide your name, address, and vehicle registration to the owner AND notify the nearest law enforcement agency. In 2014, there were more than 320 collisions in McPherson. Over 90 were "hit and run" (where the driver fails to report). Most “hit and run” collisions occur in parking lots. If the golden rule of doing unto others as you would like them to do unto you is not a big enough deterrent for you, consider that many of our local businesses have video surveillance which may be used in an accident investigation. In McPherson, failure to report a collision is a non-moving violation punishable by a $100 fine and $75 court cost.

The “Traffic Stop” is organized by the Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau. PRIVATE MESSAGE us your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the addressed topic. We may use your question in a future “Traffic Stop”. If any question requires an immediate answer please feel free to phone one an Officer at our non-emergency number: (620)245-1200.


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