Legislator Wants to Expand Amber Alert System in Arkansas

February 16, 2004 - Posted at 11:54 a.m. CDT

JACKSONVILLE, AR - A Jacksonville legislator wants to expand the use of electronic highway message boards in Arkansas to notify people of child abductions.

The so-called Amber Alert bulletins have been a national success in catching kidnappers.  Arkansas has 26 electronic message boards on two central Arkansas interstate highways, but they have only been used for traffic and safety notices.

Representative Sandra Prater, a Democrat from Jacksonville, said Amber Alert networks have saved lives in other states and should be fully functional in Arkansas.

Instead of Amber Alert, the Arkansas notification system is known as the Morgan Nick Alert.  Morgan Nick was a six-year-old girl abducted in Alma who was never found.

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