Hit-and-run roadside alerts become law in Colorado

March 25, 2014

Colorado's governor has signed what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind bill creating statewide roadside alerts for hit-and-run crashes.

The legislation signed Tuesday creates an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles involved in serious hit-and-run crashes.

The system includes quickly alerting the media and issuing bulletins on electronic highway signs that describe the fleeing vehicles. It will be implemented next year.

Supporters call them "Medina Alerts," after 21-year-old valet worker Jose Medina, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Denver three years ago.

Denver and Aurora already have citywide Medina Alerts, created by former police officer Larry Stevenson. During the two years they've been in place, there have been 17 alerts that resulted in 13 cases being solved.

Stevenson says Colorado's law sets up the first statewide hit-and-run alert system. But he says other states are interested in following suit.

Explore further: Visual alerts shown to evoke quicker reactions than alerts through other senses

Related Stories

Twitter launches emergency alerts

September 25, 2013

Twitter on Wednesday launched a system for emergency alerts which can help spread critical information when other lines of communication are down.

Recommended for you

Xbox gaming technology may improve X-ray precision

December 1, 2015

With the aim of producing high-quality X-rays with minimal radiation exposure, particularly in children, researchers have developed a new approach to imaging patients. Surprisingly, the new technology isn't a high-tech, high-dollar ...

Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

December 1, 2015

MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light—the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses and most 3-D movie systems—they can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.