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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)

Legislation was introduced Friday that would create 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," Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, said of his bill.

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
Hopkin June 14, 2014 at 07:59 PM
It would probably come in handy with all the high-density housing planned and Redwood bus stop improvements put off.
valeri hood June 15, 2014 at 01:13 PM
circulate bulletins?- how- to people's cell phones?- be clear and explain what you are trying to say- people call in accidents all the time to police- the two i stopped my car to call in, the police had already received more than 20 calls, knew the direction of the vehicle and were on it!- so what are you actually saying in this article? Not sure what the comments about housing density are about- i oppose the housing density, but am confused about the point being made here as well- thanks for clarification
Hopkin June 15, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Valeri, more people crammed in = more people wandering around = more people crossing Redwood at the bus station.
Hopkin June 15, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Alternatively, if they are driving: more people = more cars back and forth along Redwood for pedestrians to dodge. Especially when they don't use the crosswalks.
valeri hood June 15, 2014 at 02:58 PM
ok- but this is a discussion about amber alerts

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