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Amber AlertDougSloan
May 1, 2003 7:33 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/04/30/bush.amber/

Since having this working in California, it was worked 32 out of 32 times, 100%. Essentially, when a child is abducted by a non-family member, a statewide APB to the public goes out, radio, electronic display road signs, etc., so almost every eye on the road is looking for the perps.

It's a good thing.

Doug
one changemohair_chair
May 1, 2003 7:45 AM
I think it's a great idea, but I would make one change.

Whenever they do one of those alerts in Silicon Valley, it ties up traffic like you can't imagine. They try to display too much information on those two-line freeway signs, and people almost stop in their lane so they can read it all. Presumably, some of them are even trying to write it down. That's not a good thing.

What I wish they would do is display a message that says to tune to AM 1610 on your radio, as is already done for road info in various places. It's short and sweet, and they can give so much more information on the radio, repeatedly.
makes sense nmDougSloan
May 1, 2003 8:26 AM
Ironically, it would not have helped in the Elizabeth Smart caseBrooks
May 1, 2003 9:29 AM
as she was abducted at night and marched into the foothills behind the family home. Where she apparently was hidden within earshot for several months. Good for the Smarts to use their public forum to push for the Amber Alert nationally, though.

Brooks