Proposed 'Yellow Alert' could help authorities track down hit-and-run drivers

SACRAMENTO - Every year in California there are thousands of hit-and-run cases -- drivers leaving the scene of a traffic crash where someone is badly, or even fatally injured.

Supporters of a new law believe a "Yellow Alert" system will help authorities track down and arrest hit-and-run drivers. Assem. Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, is pushing for a new law that would create a "Yellow Alert" system.

The alert would include electronic freeway signs that are already used during Amber Alerts for kidnappings. Information about hit-and-run vehicles involved in traffic crashes would be broadcast in nearby areas to help catch the drivers.

Families of hit-and-run victims believe this will help.

"I think it would help a lot because maybe it would help us find whoever did this," said Vanessa Galang, sister of a hit-and-run victim.

On Dec. 23, Moses Galang was struck by two different cars while crossing the street with his best friend. Moses Galang died, while his friend made it across safely.

"It's really hard. I still miss him a lot," Galang said. "I still can't believe he's gone. I don't want to believe it."

They were using a crosswalk at the intersection of Consumnes River Boulevard and Bruceville Road. The first driver stopped, but the second one took off and has not been found.

Police said the hit-and-run vehicle is a white or light-colored later 1970s to early 1980s Ford or Chevrolet van with a camper top.

Galang's family believes the Yellow Alert system could be a critical tool to catch hit-and-run drivers. Other supporters believe it may be a deterrent for drivers to take off from a crash scene.

The proposed law, AB47, still needs to be approved by the State Senate and signed by the governor.


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