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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 […]

Why Not Run? The Hit-and-Run Crisis Strikes Home

40,000 hit-and-run collisions occur in Los Angeles County every year. Of those, 8,000 hit-and-runs resulted in injuries or deaths. While the national average for hit-and-run collision is about 11%, in Los Angeles County the rate is over 50%. On the streets of Los Angeles, there are now a staggering 20,000 hit-and-run injury accidents annually. Los Angeles does not even take reports for non-injury hit-and-runs unless they involve City property. Hit-and-run drivers kill about 22 bicyclists, 40 motorists and 92 pedestrians each year. Another 324 bicyclists, 1,004 pedestrians and 2,293 motorists are injured annually. It has only recently been officially acknowledged that 52% of all injury street accidents and a slew of recent deaths resulted from hit-and-run accidents.  It finally led Police Chief Charlie Beck to declare that Los Angeles is suffering from a “Hit-and-Run Crises” with another 7% increase in fatal and severe injury hit-and-run collisions expected to be reflected in the upcoming 2013 statistics.
The Automobile Club of America found that unlicensed drivers are 66.36 times more likely to be a hit-and-run driver than a licensed driver.  The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that unlicensed drivers are three times more likely to be involved in fatal collisions.  The high number of hit-and-runs correspond with the high number of the undocumented who are unlicensed or witnesses unlikely to come forward.  On October 3, 2013, California’s governor signed a bill into law to permit the undocumented the ability to obtain driver’s licenses.   The new law, however, does not become effective until […]