Similar to Amber Alerts, hit and run alert system to debut in New York City

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Hit-and-run drivers will have a harder time hiding, after a new alert system is phased-in in New York City.

Friends and fans mourning the hit-and-run death of DJ Jinx Paul, one year ago Tuesday night, say it might have saved his life. Or at least brought the driver to justice.

Paul was killed last year while crossing Jamaica Avenue in East New York. The driver paused briefly, then drove away.

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According to the New York City Council, someone is killed at least once a week in a hit-and-run accident and 4,000 others are critically injured each year.

The alert system will function the same way as an Amber Alert, by sending information on the vehicle to millions of smartphones across the city. Officers will use their discretion, and send information on accidents with either critical or fatal injuries.

The NYPD has 90 days to fully implement the program, and logistical issues and protocols are still being worked out.
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