Governor Signs ‘Yellow Alert’ Bill to Help Law Enforcement Find Hit & Run Drivers

Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Jim Patterson to make it easier for law enforcement to track down hit and run drivers has been signed into law.

Starting in January 2023, local law enforcement agencies that need the public’s help finding a hit and run driver can ask the California Highway Patrol to activate a ‘Yellow Alert.’ Freeway signs in a designated area would then be lit up with a vehicle license’s plate or description.

“When a driver leaves the scene of the crime, they fail to do the most humane thing – to stay and render critical aid to the person they hurt,” Patterson said. “We need to do everything possible to help law enforcement find these drivers so they can be held accountable for their actions.”

(From the office of Assemblyman Jim Patterson)

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