Arkansas Supreme Court: No redactions for accident reports

Accidents reports in Arkansas must be open to the public without the redaction of personal information, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld a Pulaski County circuit judge's ruling that Little Rock lawyer Daniel Wren is entitled under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act to obtain unredacted accident reports from the Arkansas State Police.

Wren sought the reports so he could identify potential clients. The Arkansas State Police argued that it was required by the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act of 1994 to redact personally identifying information from accident reports. Continue…