City of Bolivar, MO
Polk County
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Section 315.010 Immediate Notice of Accident Within City.

The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident within the City resulting in injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more to one (1) person shall give or cause to be given notice of such accident to the Police Department as soon as reasonably possible.

Section 315.020 Written Report of Accident.

The driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more to one person shall, within five (5) days after such accident, forward a written report of such accident to the Police Department. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable when the accident has been investigated at the scene by a Police Officer while such driver was present thereat.

Section 315.030 When Driver Unable To Report.

[R.O. 2007 §315.030; Ord. No. 486 §4(p-3), 11-16-1973]
A. 
Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving immediate notice of an accident as required in Section 315.010 above (Immediate Notice of Accident) and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant will give or cause to be given the notice not given by the driver.
B. 
Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written report of an accident as required in Section 315.020 above and such driver is not the owner of the vehicle, then the owner of the vehicle involved in such accident shall, within five (5) days after the accident, make such report not made by the driver.

Section 315.040 Leaving The Scene of A Motor Vehicle Accident.

A. 
A person commits the offense of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident when, being the operator or driver of a vehicle on the highways, streets or roads of the City or on any publicly or privately owned parking lot or parking facility within the City generally open for use by the public and knowing that an injury has been caused to a person or damage has been caused to property due to his/her culpability or to accident, he/she leaves the place of the injury, damage or accident without stopping and giving his/her name, residence, including City and street number, motor vehicle number and driver's license number, if any, to the injured party or to a Police Officer, or if no Police Officer is in the vicinity, then to the nearest Police station or judicial officer.
B. 
For the purposes of this Section, all Peace Officers shall have jurisdiction, when invited by an injured person, to enter the premises of any such privately owned parking lot or parking facility for the purpose of investigating an accident and performing all necessary duties regarding such accident.

Section 315.050 Tow Truck Stop At Scene of Motor Vehicle Accident — When Unlawful.

[R.O. 2007 §315.060; Ord. No. 2753, 10-11-2007]
A. 
It is unlawful for the operator of a tow truck, for purposes of providing towing or other motor vehicle-related services for the profit of themselves or an employer, to proceed to and stop at the scene of a motor vehicle accident within the City, unless either:
1. 
The tow truck operator or their employer has been requested to proceed to and stop at the scene of the motor vehicle accident by a party involved in such accident; or
2. 
The tow truck operator or their employer has been requested to proceed to and stop at the scene of the motor vehicle accident by a Police Officer, Sheriff or Sheriff's Deputy, any other law enforcement agency, any Fire Department or emergency service provider or by an officer of any other public safety agency.
B. 
For purposes of this Section, in the event that a tow truck operator or their employer has a valid contract with any public entity, agency, law enforcement agency or Fire Department to provide towing or other motor vehicle-related services for profit and such contract is applicable to the circumstances of any particular motor vehicle accident, then such services will be presumed to have been requested by such public entity or agency.
C. 
Nothing in this Section will be applied to prohibit any operator of a tow truck from stopping at the scene of a motor vehicle accident for the purpose of providing gratuitous or not-for-profit services, so long as such stops are not in violation of any other Federal, State or local law or regulation.
D. 
Violation of this Section shall be deemed to be an ordinance violation punishable as provided in Section 100.220 of the Bolivar Municipal Code and upon conviction a violation of this Section will be reportable to the Missouri Department of Revenue as an "unlawful tow truck stop" for purposes of Section 302.302.1(16), RSMo.