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Hickenlooper Approves New Emergency Alert System for Colorado

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The entire state of Colorado will be adopting an alert system currently being used in Denver, called the Medina Alert.

Much like an Amber Alert, the Medina Alert will allow emergency information to quickly be broadcast to the public, but will be used solely for hit-and-run incidents, according to the Denver Post.

In cases involving serious injury or death — and when a reliable description of the fleeing vehicle is available — authorities can broadcast that information quickly on electronic highway signs and via the media. In Denver, cab drivers and others who spend their shifts on the road have been key partners, too.

[via The Denver Post.]

The Medina Alert is named for Jose Medina, 21, who was killed by a hit-and-run just days before his wedding in January 2011.

The Denver Post also says that according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, 13 of the 17 cases that have triggered Medina Alerts have been solved.

That’s a pretty darn good record!  I’m glad the rest of the state is jumping on board with this.

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