If you've ever driven on a roadway in California, or elsewhere in the country, then you've probably noticed those large light-up displays that tell you things like expected freeway times or alert you to accidents ahead. We often appreciate the information provided on these signs because they inform drivers about road conditions in order to promote public safety.
But these signs aren't just used to tell us about potential delays to our drive time. These signs can also be used to help catch criminals or find abducted children, provided such information is allowed by law to be announce. In the case of hit-and-run accidents, this is where our state laws historically have come up short.
That is until now. As some of our Sacramento readers may have heard, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 8, allowing police in our state to post information about hit-and-run crashes on light-up roadside billboards. Authored by Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the legislation aims to help hit-and-run victims by locating hit-and-run drivers so that they may be held accountable for their negligence.
As we have pointed out before on our blog, hit-and-run crashes can be particularly devastating because a guilty driver may never be found. Situations such as this often leave victims feeling disappointed that justice had not been fully served. But with the enactment of Assembly Bill 8, the hope is that situations like this will become a thing of the past and that justice will get served no matter the type of crash.
Source: The East Bay Express, "California Okays Hit-And-Run 'Yellow Alert' System, Will Broadcast Suspect Information," Sam Levin, Sept. 30, 2015