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Gazette Premium Content Hit-and-run alerts approved in Colorado

Associated Press - Published: March 18, 2014

DENVER — Emergency alerts for hit-and-run-drivers could be headed to Colorado under a bill that awaits the governor's signature.

The state Senate voted 30-1 Tuesday to create an Amber Alert-style notification system when authorities are looking for vehicles that were involved in serious hit-and-run crashes.

The alert system was already approved by the state House and is in place in Denver.

Supporters call them "Medina Alerts," after Jose Medina, who was killed two years ago by a hit-and-run driver while working as a valet. A taxi driver followed the car, wrote down its license plate and helped authorities locate the driver.

The bill would expand the hit-and-run alerts statewide in 2015.

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Online:

House Bill 1191: http://bit.ly/1kFv0ip

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