Alert System Designed to Stem the Epidemic of Hit-and-Run Drivers

Santa Monica’s Leading Hit-and-Run Attorney Arthur Liberty of Liberty & Associates Addresses LA’s New Alert System Designed to Stem the Epidemic of Hit-and-Run Drivers

Civic Center Officials announce that Los Angeles is launching a hit-and-run alert system that will publish information on social media about cars and drivers linked to fatal and other severe hit-and-runs. Patterned after the Amber Alert System, the new hit-and-run alert system modeled after a similar Denver program will post information from the LAPD on Facebook, Twitter and Nixle, a website where government agencies share information with other agencies and constituents who subscribe to updates. The information also will go out to DASH bus drivers and the city’s 2,300 licensed taxi drivers on their dispatch systems, a Transportation Department spokesman said, with the possibility of expansion to other city drivers, such as Department of Water and Power and Bureau of Sanitation workers.

In addition to the alert system, City Hall also will offer standing rewards for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a hit-and-run driver: $50,000 for crashes where someone was killed; up to $25,000 if the victim was severely injured; $5,000 if someone was hurt; and $1,000 if property was damaged. The reward money will come from the city’s general fund, which pays for basic city services. Using social media won’t cost the city anything and could save money in the long run from the LAPD’s budget if more hit-and-run cases are solved. The rewards seek to deter on top of criminal penalties […]