Approx. 80 Percent Of Hit-And-Runs In LA Never Result In Arrest

(FOX 11) - Los Angeles leads many U.S. cities in the number of hit-and-run collisions.

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Although the number has been decreasing, the most recently available statistics show an average of about 5,600 hit-and-run incidents in Los Angeles each year. Roughly 80 percent of those collisions never result in an arrest.

WATCH: Midday Sunday: Hit-And-Runs (Part II)

Los Angeles City Council members Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander sponsored a new ordinance that has been approved by the council. It encourages the use of social media to report possible suspects, and rewards of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of hit-and-run drivers.

WATCH: Midday Sunday: Hit-And-Runs (Part III)

The details of the ordinance are being finalized by the Los Angeles City Attorney's office.

Sunday's guests are Joe Buscaino who represents the 15th District, in and around San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles. He can be contacted via social media at @joebuscaino. His City Council website is la15th.com.

Also visiting Sunday is Damian Kevitt who was seriously injured on Feb. 17, 2013 by a hit-and-run driver near Griffith Park. Kevitt was dragged underneath the driver's vehicle and onto the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) where he finally fell away and ended up in the lanes of the freeway.

Kevitt now walks with a prosthetic leg but he recently completed a bicycle ride with hundreds of others, sponsored by Finish the Ride  (finishtheride.com).

Until the city's hit-and-run ordinance is completed, anyone with information about any hit-and-run incident can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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