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Bill Would Create System to Catch Hit-and-Run Drivers

The alerts would be similar to Amber Alerts.

California State capitol. (State of California)
California State capitol. (State of California)

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, proposed Friday the creation of a statewide "yellow alert" system -- modeled after Amber Alerts -- to help catch hit-and-run drivers.

Assembly Bill 47 calls for law enforcement agencies to use the Emergency Alert System to circulate bulletins with descriptions of vehicles involved in a hit-and-run collisions that result in deaths or serious injuries.

"The public is almost always needed to catch those who leave fellow citizens dying on the side of the road, and AB 47 will allow us to do so promptly, before the perpetrator can get away and cover up the evidence," Gatto said.

Nationwide, less than half of all hit-and-run offenders are caught, according to Gatto.

The alerts would be similar to Amber Alerts, which are aimed at helping find abducted children. In Denver, a "Medina Alert" was created in 2012 in memory of Jose Medina who died in a hit-and-run. Of 17 cases in which Medina Alerts were issued, 13 hit-and-run cases were solved, officials said. The system is now being instituted across Colorado.

--City News Service
Spacin Jason June 14, 2014 at 04:07 AM
HMMMM 50-50 on getting away eh???
Scott DeForge June 14, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Another 'do something' piece of legislation. Sounds good in theory, but in reality would accomplish little. Eye witnesses to the hit and run incident are usually the best (and only) source of information used to solve the case. Sending out 'alerts' is unlikely to produce reliable information.
Dex June 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Yeah....just what we need. Another division of government. Another bureaucracy to manage. Correct me if Im wrong, but isnt hit and run already a felony? So now some genius thinks we need another system to enforce what is already a law? Hmmm....our tax dollars hard at work again.
Elfbkr June 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM
SA Do you really think that people that hit & run care about having a valid/invalid driver's license and the fees associated?
PrescientLogic June 14, 2014 at 01:30 PM
I'm against. 9 out of 10 chance of dozens of mistaken identity police pullovers? Police Guns drawn, kneeled behind open doors and aimed at innocent citizens?

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