TN issues strict guidelines to protect ‘good samaritans’ in road mishaps

TN issues strict guidelines to protect ‘good samaritans’ in road mishaps

The Tamil Nadu government has come out with an order with strict guidelines, that prevent hospitals, police and other officials from creating problems to people who save lives of accident victims.

The State government on Friday issued directions with regard to protection of Good Samaritans or bystanders especially in road accidents in a G.O.

The Central government had earlier issued such directions based on an order of the Supreme Court.

As per the directions, Good Samaritans or bystanders, including an eyewitness of a road accident, “may take an injured person to the nearest hospital, and…should be allowed to leave immediately, except after furnishing address by the eyewitness only and no question shall be asked to such bystander or the Good Samaritan”.

“The disclosure of personal information, such as name and contact details of Good Samaritans shall be voluntary and optional including in the Medico Legal Case form provided by hospitals,” one of the guidelines said.

The state government release in Chennai said that based on a Supreme Court order of October 2014, the Central government had issued necessary directions with regard to protection of Good Samaritans and that the state government has also issued “necessary order” recently.

Among other guidelines, it said that a Good Samaritan, including an eyewitness of road accidents, may take the injured persons to hospital and that he/she should be allowed to leave immediately “except after furnishing address by the eyewitness only and no question shall be asked.”