Assembly Bill 8, Yellow Alert System, Signed into Law by Governor Brown
Posted by Councilmember Englander on October 02, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 8 creating a Yellow Alert System for hit-and-runs in Los Angeles and throughout the State. I want to thank Assemblymember Mike Gatto for his leadership on this issue.
Los Angeles and its surrounding communities are in the grips of a hit-and-run epidemic. The Los Angeles Police Department records approximately 20,000 hit-and-runs each year. Nearly half of all vehicle crashes in the City of Los Angeles are hit-and-runs, compared with the national average of 11 percent.
The City of Los Angeles sees an annual average of 22 severe or fatal hit-and-run collisions involving bicycles and 92 involving pedestrians. Over that time, LAPD was only able to solve on average 20% of the cases. Hit-and-run crimes are especially difficult to solve because often there is little or no evidence and no witnesses.
The Yellow Alert models the Medina Alert system implemented in the State of Colorado. Similar to the Amber Alert system, the alert will be issued for a specific hit and run incident. The Yellow Alerts enable authorities to quickly broadcast information about a hit and run collision to the public on highway signs and through the media. In Denver, Colorado, the city has partnered with cab drivers and others who spend their time on the road to alert them when a collision occurs. This alert system has proven to be highly successful in the City of Denver. Of the 17 Medina Alerts issued, 13 cases have been solved.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee
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