AAA Joins in the Crusade to Find Missing Children

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May 23, 2000
<font size=1>I just read this at work and thought I would share it with everyone....not sure if other AAA clubs around the US do this too. </font>

AAA Joins in the Crusade to Find Missing Children
AAA Auto Club South becomes the newest partner in the Florida Amber Plan

The next time an Amber Alert is activated in Florida — signaling that a serious child abduction has occurred — AAA Auto Club South’s more than 1,000 Emergency Road Service drivers in Florida will be notified and put on alert. That’s because AAA has joined with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as the newest partner in the Florida Amber Plan.

The “Amber Plan” was created in memory of Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl who was abducted and brutally murdered in 1996 in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas. Based on the model of emergency alerts for serious weather conditions, an Amber Alert provides an immediate radio and television notice to the public when a report of a child abduction has been confirmed by law enforcement. Florida was the second state in the nation to take the partnership for missing child alerts statewide, while many others have implemented similar plans in major metropolitan areas only.

AAA Auto Club South’s partnership now means that once an Amber Alert is activated, it will automatically be faxed to the four regional AAA Telephone and Dispatch Service Centers in Florida. Each center will then immediately dispatch the alert to the more than 1,000 AAA drivers who patrol the Florida roadways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once an Amber Alert is activated, AAA will continue to dispatch the information every hour, until the alert has been deactivated.

Since its inception, Florida’s Amber Plan has activated 26 alerts. From the information provided by the local law enforcement agencies, FDLE can attribute a successful recovery to at least three abductions due to the alert. In fact, just one month ago the Amber Alert contributed to the recovery of a missing 10-year-old child from Lake Worth, Florida. Soon after the child went missing, the alert was activated. When the suspect saw the alert on the television, he let the 10-year-old go. The child walked to a nearby gas station where she called 911 and was rescued.

“AAA Auto Club South is thrilled to be able to help in the fight to find missing children,” said Ed Schatzman, vice president of Automotive Services for Auto Club South. “Because of the substantial number of units we have on the streets every day, AAA tow truck drivers have already played an integral role in solving such crimes as drunk driving, auto theft, kidnapping and even a double murder.”

AAA is currently investigating opportunities in Georgia and Tennessee similar to the Amber Plan.
That sounds wonderful! I am sure that will help to find any other kidnapped children in the future. So sad though that it happens in the first place :(
Sounds like a great idea....using as many avenues as possible...


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