BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new approach to catching hit and run drivers who flee the scene.

Tracey Leong explains this new system.

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Maryland could be the first state to implement an alert system to catch hit-and-run suspects. The state senator proposing it says this law could greatly reduce the amount of people who leave the scene of an accident.

There have been five unsolved fatal hit-and-runs in Anne Arundel County in the past five years.

“They weren’t paying attention,” said Jenna Schreiber, whose husband was one. “He’s gone forever.”

Schreiber is the widow of tow truck driver James Schreiber, who was fatally hit in 2011 on the side of the road.

Maryland State Senator Bryan Simonaire is now working towards a solution to catch drivers who leave the scene.

“There’s been too many tragedies in our state and I think this could really help with that,” he said.

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He’s proposing the yellow alert, which is similar to the amber and silver alerts, notifying people immediately after a hit-and-run accident so drivers can be on the lookout.

A crucial component of this system is that it will get the information out before drivers are able to alter or hide their cars.

“I think there is a very small window of time when you are going to find the person and if you know they don’t have a mirror on the left side or something about the car that is unique, you can be driving down the road and see the alert come across the highway and see the car come up next to you,” he said.

These alerts would pop up on billboards, online and cell phones. With all eyes peeled, searching for the suspects, it would increase the odds of catching them. The law could potentially save lives, hopefully forcing the drivers to not leave the scene of the accident.

“I think people are good. They would do it if they know they are supposed to,” Schreiber said.

Senator Simonaire will be introducing this during the legislative session that begins January 14. It then needs to pass both houses before it heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.

This new law could take effect as early as July this year.

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