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AB-8 Emergency services: hit-and-run incidents.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 20, 2015


SECTION 1.

 Section 8594.15 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8594.15.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Serious bodily injury” means an injury that involves, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, a substantial risk of serious and permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part of the body, or a break, fracture, or burn of the second or third degree.
(2) “Yellow Alert” means a notification system, activated pursuant to subdivision (b), designed to issue and coordinate alerts with respect to a hit-and-run incident resulting in the death or injury of a person as described in Section 20001 of the Vehicle Code.
(b) (1) If a hit-and-run incident is reported to a law enforcement agency, and that agency determines that the requirements of subdivision (c) are met, the agency may request the Department of the California Highway Patrol to activate a Yellow Alert. If the Department of the California Highway Patrol concurs that the requirements of subdivision (c) are met, it may activate a Yellow Alert within the geographic area requested by the investigating law enforcement agency.
(2) Radio, television, and cable and satellite systems are encouraged, but are not required, to cooperate with disseminating the information contained in a Yellow Alert.
(3) Upon activation of a Yellow Alert, the Department of the California Highway Patrol shall assist the investigating law enforcement agency by issuing the Yellow Alert via a changeable message sign.
(4) If there are multiple Yellow Alerts requested, the Department of the California Highway Patrol may prioritize the activation of alerts based on any factor including, but not limited to, the severity of the injury, the time elapsed between a hit-and-run incident and the request, or the likelihood that an activation would reasonably lead to the apprehension of a suspect.
(c) A law enforcement agency may request that a Yellow Alert be activated if that agency determines that all of the following conditions are met in regard to the investigation of the hit-and-run incident:
(1) A person has been killed or has suffered serious bodily injury due to a hit-and-run incident.
(2) There is an indication that a suspect has fled the scene utilizing the state highway system or is likely to be observed by the public on the state highway system.
(3) The investigating law enforcement agency has additional information concerning the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
(A) The complete license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle.
(B) A partial license plate number and additional unique identifying characteristics, such as the make, model, and color of the suspect’s vehicle, which could reasonably lead to the apprehension of the suspect.
(C) The identity of the suspect.
(4) Public dissemination of available information could either help avert further harm or accelerate apprehension of the suspect based on any factor including, but not limited to, the severity of the injury, the time elapsed between a hit-and-run incident and the request, or the likelihood that an activation would reasonably lead to the apprehension of a suspect.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends that date.