Washington is latest state to launch hit-and-run alerts

The state patrol said there were more than 300 hit-and-run collisions resulting in serious injury or death in 2022.
The Space Needle and the Seattle skyline are shown against a cloudy sky, Thursday, April 30, 2020, as seen from Kerry Park. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Washington State Patrol this week launched a Hit-and-Run Alert system modeled after Amber Alerts for missing and endangered children, providing a new tool to help catch drivers who cause serious or fatal crashes and then flee the scene.

Similar alerts are already in place in California, Colorado, Maryland and New Jersey, as well as in Los Angeles and New York City. A related proposal has also been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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