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A Hit and Run Alert System Could Be Used Statewide

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Updated: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:57:45 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Denver bill that alerts the public after a serious hit and run incident has the potential to become a statewide law.


House Bill 1191 or the Medina Alert has been implemented in Denver since 2012.  


The bill recently was approved by the House Judiciary Committee to alert the public of vehicles fleeing from the scene of a hit and run.


The bill is sponsored by State Representative Kathleen Conti and State Senator Steve King of Grand Junction.


According to legislative documents the extension of this bill will have CDOT and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation help law enforcement issue alerts across the state involving serious injury or death.


"We put it out to our dispatch radio system alerting our law enforcement partners in the area to be on the look out  for that vehicle and we put out as much information as we have,” said Kate Porras with the Grand Junction Police Department.


Officials say the Medina Alert if passed, will be similar to the Amber Alert system that is currently in place.


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