Florida authorities want to put abduction alerts on lottery tickets
They want to print messages on the tickets like those put on highway signs as part of the so-called AMBER alert system.
The system was credited with saving the lives of two California teen-agers who were kidnapped at gunpoint last week.
Printing an abduction alert on lotto tickets would allow the information to be handed out instantly to hundreds of thousands of people each day.
One Florida law enforcement official said it "a tremendous outlet."
The AMBER alert program aggressively publicizes child abductions through broadcast bulletins and other means.
It's named for a Texas girl who was kidnapped and killed.
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The AMBER Plan
The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases.
Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor.
This is the same concept used during severe weather emergencies. The goal of the AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe return of the child.
How Does the AMBER Plan Work?
AMBER Plans Nationwide
Source: http://www.missingkids.org/ (The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Web site)
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