Los Angeles Supports Statewide Yellow Alert System
Posted by Mitchell Englander on February 06, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, the Los Angeles City Council passed my resolution to support California State Assemblymember Mike Gatto’s Assembly Bill 8 which would authorize law enforcement agencies to issue a "Yellow Alert" if a person has been killed or seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident and there is a reliable description of the vehicle.
The City of Los Angeles has a significant number of hit-and-run collisions each year, many of which result in serious injuries or deaths. A recent Los Angeles Times article reported that between 2002 and 2012, more than 5,600 cyclists were injured in Los Angeles County. Hit-and-run cases are difficult for law enforcement to solve, as there is often limited or no evidence and no witnesses.
The City Council previously adopted positions to support or sponsor legislation to create a system similar to Colorado's "Medina Alert" system (CF 14-0002-S41 and CF 14-0002-S76), which issues emergency alerts similar to an Amber Alert, but for severe or fatal hit and run collisions where a reliable description of the vehicle involved is available.
Additionally, I submitted a motion last month directing the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to work with the City’s Emergency Management Department and the Department of Transportation to implement a hit-and-run mass notification system in the City of Los Angeles using existing technology platforms such as Nixle, Twitter and Facebook.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District