If a traffic accident occurs and you are driving, then you need to assess the situation and see if any of the following situations apply:
- Is anyone injured?
- Has there been any damage caused to someone else's property, or another vehicle?
- Has an animal been killed or injured (an animal applies to a dog, pig, goat, sheep, ass, mule, horse or cattle).
If any of the above points do apply, you are required to stop at the scene and remain there for a reasonable period of time that will allow any other people involved directly or not in the accident to come to you and request your contact details.
If you are driving someone else's car, then you must supply the contact details of the registered owner too.
If you don’t leave your details at the scene, then you must report the incident to a police officer as soon as is practically possible (within 24 hours). You can ring to advise the police station, but it is not acceptable to report the incident over the telephone – it must be done in person.
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