‘Yellow Alert’ system proposed for hit-and-runs

City News Service | June 13, 2014

amber_alertAssemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Silver Lake, 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 hit-and-run collisions that result in death or serious injury.

“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, and in Los Angeles, the rate is about 20 percent, according to Gatto.

Read more at: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140613/yellow-alert-system-proposed-for-hit-and-runs

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