Hit-and-Run Drivers Targeted in Proposed ‘Yellow Alert’ Freeway Sign System

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Family members gather at a memorial for Daniella Palacios, a 44-year-old mother of eight, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she rode her bicycle in Anaheim in November 2014. (Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times)

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Drivers who flee the scenes of crashes in California could see descriptions of their cars and license plates displayed on freeway signs under a proposed expansion of the Amber Alert system.

For the second time in two years, state Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) has introduced a bill that would allow police to share details on hit-and-run drivers with the California Highway Patrol and display the information on freeway signs near the scenes of the crashes.

Assemblyman Gatto's office provided this mockup of what a "Yellow Alert" sign would look like.
Assemblyman Gatto’s office provided this mockup of what a “Yellow Alert” sign would look like.

In September, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the same bill, saying he feared more additions could overwhelm the Amber Alert system.

Gatto said by 2016, when the law would take effect, California will have an “additional year of data” on whether the statewide alert system can accommodate more categories. It recently expanded to include information on missing people who are elderly and developmentally disabled.

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