LA leads the nation in cases of drivers fleeing the scene of crashes.
The LAPD records 20,000 of them each year.
The Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee
is meeting this morning, 1/25/13.
Their agenda includes an LAPD report on what the department is doing to curtail hit-and-runs. A motion filed by City Council members Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander earlier this month requested an update from the department about hit-and-run investigations, and additional resources needed to reduce the incidents.
LA leads the nation in cases of drivers fleeing the scene of crashes. The LAPD records 20,000 of them each year, and about a fifth of those are felonies, involving an injury or death. 48 percent, nearly half, of all vehicle crashes in the city are hit-and-runs, compared to the national average of 11 percent. While the LAPD’s Traffic Divisions are responsible for investigating hit-and-run crimes, the agency is stretched thin, with about a dozen officers in each of the city’s four traffic divisions investigating some 400 hit-and-runs a year.