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Altamonte Springs Police Department
Wednesday October 20th, 2010 :: 11:37 a.m. EDT


Florida's Highway Safety Message Boards Save Lives! See email for fulls story.

It’s no secret we live in an age of technology which changes by the minute. Think about what conveniences we have at our fingertips. While sitting in your family room you can change the channel without leaving your seat, watch the floor get vacuumed by a robot, check out whose ringing the door bell through a camera fed to your television, pause live television while you answer your cordless phone, decide whether you even want to answer the phone by checking out caller ID, turn on the lights with the clap of your hands, watch the latest Hollywood release in high definition on your 65 inch flat screen television with Dolby surround sound as your leather recliner provides you with a human touch massage with heat, and not too mention the possibilities offered by the Internet from paying your bills to ordering a pizza with the touch of a button.

Yes, technology is absolutely fascinating. Have you heard what’s coming in the near future? There will be no need for a computer monitor - a holographic image will be displayed in mid-air and even have touch screen capability. Got a scratch on your car, no worries – nanotechnology will allow your vehicle to self-repair itself in a matter of seconds. Don’t like the color of your vehicle anymore? No problem, with the flip of a switch you will be able to change your car color from up to four choices. In fact in the future you will no longer purchase a new vehicle, but rather be the proud owner of a “Skateboard Chassis”. This innovative design will allow you to change from a 2dr sports car to a four door sedan and even select a sports utility vehicle by changing around the chassis. Instead of shopping for new cars you will buy less expensive vehicle shells to fit your chosen chassis design.

With all of the world’s technological advancements it may surprise you that a survey conducted in 2008 showed 20% of Americans have never sent an email, been on the Internet, or ever owned a computer. Today’s Nixle is to ensure those who fear technological advancements at least know of the latest highway safety measures implemented to protect children, seniors, and law enforcement officers. The programs are called Amber Alert, Silver Alert, and LEO Alert and post critical information on highway message boards. Amber alerts equip thousands of motorists with key information on child abductors such as vehicle description and tag information with hopes of safely returning a child in danger. Silver alerts are designed to increase the number of eyes and ears to be on the look out for a disoriented and lost elderly drivers who suffer from a form of dementia. And LEO alerts aid law enforcement in warning the public of violent criminals with specific vehicle and tag information.

Statistics show that the first three hours are crucial in successfully locating a missing child, disoriented senior, or violent offender. Alerts are designed to inform the general public quickly to aid as additional eyes and ears of law enforcement. In 2009, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that 55 children had been successfully recovered after an Amber alert was issued. There are numerous success stories from each alert program due to the diligence of informed drivers paying attention to the information displayed on highway message boards. I encourage you to keep the success of this innovative program alive by sharing this information with your friends and family.

Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section

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