Calling on LAPD & the City of LA to Dedicate Resources to Hit & Run Collisions
In response to the near fatal hit-and-run collision between an unknown motorist and Susanna Schick last Friday night that has been widely reported in the media, we are calling for the City of Los Angeles & the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to dedicate resources to the rampant hit-and-run epidemic in the City of Los Angeles.
In particular, we ask for LAPD and the City of Los Angeles to:
- Create a division of crash detectives/inspectors specialized in bicycle and pedestrian crashes and standardize procedures for reporting collisions between emergency responders and LAPD.
- Fully investigate all cases where a person walking or bicycling is hit no matter the type or severity of injury.
- Collect data and report on the number of investigations leading to the identification of a driver and the number of cases that lead to legal action.
- Introduce legislation in Sacramento that will strengthen penalties for people caught committing a hit- and- run
While the LAPD has improved it’s investigation and reporting of traffic crashes, improvement is still greatly needed and it’s time for our City leaders to make this a priority and for all Angelenos to help end the hit-and-run epidemic. Hit-and-runs are an issue that affects everyone who bikes, walks or drives in the City of Los Angeles. Continue reading....