AMBER Alert highway sign alerting motorists to a suspected child abduction in Northern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hit-and-run accidents are a major problem in California and nationwide, and oftentimes tips from the public help authorities apprehend the drivers who cause them. Now one lawmaker representing Los Angeles-a city notorious for hit-and-run crashes-is proposing to use the statewide Emergency Alert System to keep the public informed about when and where these accidents occur and the vehicles involved in them.
Proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto earlier this month, Assembly Bill 47 calls for a ‘yellow alert’ system modeled after Amber Alerts. The hope is that when the public is promptly given descriptions of the vehicles involved in hit-and-run accidents, they can help authorities catch the drivers before they’re able to flee and hide evidence. This is not Gatto’s first attempt to alleviate the problem. A bill he introduced last fall that would extend the statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses from three to six years will take effect this July.