LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — City Councilman Joe Buscaino proposed a motion Thursday offering standing monetary rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of drivers who flee the scene of an accident.
The motion calls for a $1,000 reward for collisions resulting in property damage, $25,000 for those that cause bodily injury and $50,000 for the collisions that result in death.READ MORE: FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Emergency Use Authorization For Johnson & Johnson Booster
Currently, the City Council must approve hit-and-run rewards on a case-by-case basis.
Buscaino said there are 20,000 annual cases of hit-and-run accidents logged by the Los Angeles Police Department.
He also called for a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death of 26-year-old Manuel Ayala, the father of a 4-year-old girl, who was struck while crossing the Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington on Sept. 19.READ MORE: Some Parent Groups Proposing Monday 'Sit-Outs' At Schools To Protest Against Vaccine Mandates
“Regardless of circumstances, a motorist should never ever leave another human being to die on the street while driving away. My motion creates a permanent reward for all hit-and-run crimes in the city. RIP Manny,” Buscaino said on his Facebook page.
Assemblymember Mike Gatto authored a bill that doubles the statute of limitations for hit-and-runs from three to six years. AB 184 is currently awaiting the governor’s signature.
Standing reward programs are already in place for illegal dumping, graffiti and vandalism crimes.Section Of MacArthur Park To Close To Begin Repairs, Maintenance Work
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