House Bill No. 6589
               House Bill No. 6589

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-12


AN  ACT  CONCERNING  STATE POLICE ACCIDENT REPORTS
AND RECORDS.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    (NEW)  Any  memorandum, sketch, chart, written
statement, report or photograph obtained, prepared
or  created by the Division of State Police within
the   Department   of   Public   Safety   in   the
investigation  of  any accident wherein any person
has been injured  or  property  damaged  shall  be
preserved  and  retained  for a period of at least
ten  years  from  the  date  of   such   accident.
Subsequent   to   the  final  disposition  of  any
criminal action arising out of  an  accident,  the
records hereinbefore specified and the information
contained  therein  shall  be   open   to   public
inspection,  except  that  such  records  shall be
available to any person involved in  the  accident
subsequent to the issuance of a warrant or summons
in such action.

Approved April 18, 1997