STREETS ARE FOR EVERYONE (SAFE) NEWS
OUR MISSION is to use sensible, proven strategies to prevent hit and run crimes, making city streets safe for all users -- pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles and automobiles.
June 24, 2015
CALL TO ACTION: 
AB 8 (Hit and Run Alert Bill)!!
Tuesday, June 30th, Bill Faces "No" Vote in State Senate

AB 8 (The Hit and Run "Yellow Alert" Bill) would allow law enforcement to use California's existing network of changeable message signs to display specific descriptions of vehicles suspected in hit and run crimes.  AB 8 will help catch those who commit these  crimes that send nearly 19,000 people in CA to the hospital or grave each year.  


THE PROBLEM:

We at SAFE were shocked to recently learn that the California Highway Patrol, an organization that is responsible for "Safety, Service and Security", strongly opposes this sensible action which has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado. 

The core of their opposition is based on their poorly researched and unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants. 80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin.

As a result of the CHP's opposition, the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Beall is opposed to AB 8. This could kill the bill in the committee. 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1) E-mail, call or fax letter of support to Senator Beall (the Chair of the Transportation Committee) or to your local Senator by Monday, June 29th. The following is a list of names and links to contact information:

Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose)

Chairman of the CA Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing


 

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 5066

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 651-4015

Fax: (916) 651-4915


 

Other Committee members include:

Senator Anthony Cannella (Vice Chair) (Merced, Fresno, Salinas)
 
Senator Benjamin Allen (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and the Beach Cities)
 
Senator Patricia C. Bates (Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano)
 
Senator Ted Gaines (Redding, Rocklin, Folsom, Auburn, Lake Tahoe)
 
Senator Cathleen Galgiani (Stockton, Modesto, Lodi, Tracy)
 
Senator Connie M. Leyva (San Bernardino, Ontario, Pomona, Fontana)
 
Senator Mike McGuire (Eureka, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Mill Valley)
 
Senator Tony Mendoza (Downey, Whittier, Cerritos, Buena Park, Pico Rivera, Montebello)
 
Senator Richard D. Roth (Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley)
 
Senator Bob Wieckowski (South / East SF Bay, Hayward, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara)


 

2) The following is a sample letter to e-mail or fax Senator Beall and other committee members in your district:

(DATE)

The Honorable ________

California State Senate

State Capitol, Room _____

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Regarding: Support of Assembly Bill 8 (Gatto), the Yellow Alert System

 

Dear Senator _____________,

 

According to the California Highway Patrol, hit-and-run crimes seriously injure or kill approximately 19,000 Californians each year.  


 
I was shocked to hear that CHP, an organization that is responsible for "Safety, Service and Security", would oppose a sensible action that has minimal costs and has proven to be effective in dramatically increasing safety in other states, namely Colorado.


 
With all due respect to the officers in CHP who put their lives on the line to protect our communities, the arguments presented by them are poorly researched and miss the entire point of this legislation.  What concerned me the most were their unsubstantiated statements that hit-and-run crimes occur because of undocumented immigrants.  80% of those who commit hit-and-run crimes are never identified, and their immigration status is unknown.  What we do know is according to LAPD, a large percentage of hit-and-run offenders who do get caught were running because they were driving drunk, not because of the color of their skin. 

 

Please uphold your duty to protect and serve your constituents regardless of color and creed. Support AB 8.

 

Sincerely,

 

X_____________________

[Professional Title]


 

3) Use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc...) to spread the word and gain support.  Use #PassAB8 and #EndHitandRuns.


 

Please let the Senate Transportation Committee know that the CHP views on this bill are grossly misinformed and AB8 is an essential part of fighting the epidemic of hit-and-run crimes.

Help Us Continue Our Fight For Safe City Streets: Donate Now to Support SAFE
A Personal Message From SAFE Executive Director, Damian Kevitt

I started SAFE (Streets Are for Everyone) after I was the victim of a gruesome hit and run crime while riding my bicycle in February 2013.  Determined to use what happened to me to save the lives of others, I created our signature event, Finish the Ride.  The purpose:
to raise awareness of the epidemic of hit and run crimes and send a message of triumph over tragedy

 

What started as an event has now grown into our own non-profit organization, Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE). Dedicated SAFE staff and volunteers with a combined 75 years of experience in the non-profit sector have, in only a year, changed the face of traffic safety:

 n  Almost 100 million people reached through mass media and social media with the message that hit and run crimes are no longer acceptable.

n  The first ever hit and run alert system implemented in Los Angeles.

n  The first ever standing rewards program in LA to catch hit and run criminals.

n  The first state law specifically addressing hit and run crimes, Damian's Law.

n  The first ever billboards in LA specifically addressing hit and run crimes.

Most importantly:

n   Per LAPD statistics, hit and run crimes have dropped by 16% in the last year

In recognition of our work, SAFE and Finish the Ride have been honored with the Alex Baum Award by LA County Bicycle Coalition, the Deborah Murphy Award for Excellence in Advocacy by Streetsblog LA as well as commendations and recognitions from US congressmen, CA State Assemblyman and LA City Councilmen.

WE CAN DO A LOT MORE WITH YOUR HELP.  

Education campaigns, more billboards and new legislation that will positively impact street safety for all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, skaters, and motor vehicles - are all in the works. A coalition of hit and run victims - People Against Hit and Run Crimes (PAHRC) - is being assembled.

Many have contributed to getting us this far. PLEASE HELP US TAKE IT FURTHER AND MAKE SAFER STREETS FOR ALL - SUPPORT SAFE. 

To donate, please click here.

 


Join Us For An FTR 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party
Two Days, Twice The Appreciation!

Due to popular demand (and schedule conflicts), we're doing it on two different days with two different locations. Choose one or come to both! 

                                      DATE: Saturday, June 27th, 2015
                                      TIME: 2pm
                                      LOCATION:  The Morrison
                                                        3179 Los Feliz Boulevard
                                                        Los Angeles

  • 1 free burger and 1 free beer will be provided.

                                      DATE: Sunday, June 28th, 2015
                                      TIME: 2pm
                                      LOCATION:  Angel City Brewery
                                                         216 Alameda Street
                                                         Los Angeles

  • Free food will be provided by the Phantom Food Truck
  • First beer is free, then discounts thereafter
  • Under 21 are admitted with parent or guardian present

Join us for plenty of laughs, good conversation and updates from the man himself, Damian Kevitt, on the future plans of SAFE and FTR.

Please RSVP to Volunteer@FinishTheRide.org. Be sure to let us know which date you will be attending.

A sincere thank you to all of you for helping to make FTR 2015 a success! 
See you there!!


Support SAFE in the fight for safe city streets by visiting www.FinishTheRide.org/donations.  Be part of the solution.