22.0803 Authority of police to issue citation at scene of accident.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 22.0803]

Except for felonies, a police officer at the scene of a traffic accident may issue a written traffic citation to any driver of a vehicle involved in the accident when, based upon his personal investigation, the officer has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the person has committed an offense under a provision of this title in connection with the accident.

History: 1972, PL 12-65 § 1.

Case Notes:

Police may initiate prosecution for traffic offense by issuing ordinary traffic citation and summons even well after all parties have left the scene of the offense, and due process does not require usual procedural protection of full criminal prosecution. A.S.C.A. §§ 22.0802, 22.0803. American Samoa Government v. Ofa, 6 A.S.R.2d 1 (1987).