California involves truckers in Amber Alert program

| 10/16/2002

The Amber Alert system expanded Oct. 15 in California to include notification to truckers statewide of child abductions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The plan is a partnership between the state and the California Trucking Association. State Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante said the partnership will help authorities in searches late at night, when most motorists on California's highways are truckdrivers.

Under the arrangement, the California Highway Patrol, which issues Amber Alerts, also will notify the truckers' organization, which will in turn alert its 2,000 member companies. They then will contact their drivers, a potential total of 38,000 truckers, who can watch for vehicles that might be carrying kidnapped children.