Lawmakers send hit-and-run alert proposal to governor again

Aug 31, 2015 4:54 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California state lawmakers are once again sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to establish an alert system for catching hit-and-run drivers.

The Assembly on Monday unanimously passed AB8 by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Glendale, sending the proposal to Brown after he vetoed a nearly identical bill last year.

Gatto's latest bill would allow law enforcement agencies to use the Amber Alert system to broadcast yellow alerts about suspected hit-and-run drivers. It would be limited to incidents that result in death or serious injury.

Supporters say it would empower the public to help solve more hit-and-run crimes.

Brown said in his veto message last year that he was concerned about adding another category to the alert system. He worried it could dilute the system's effectiveness.

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