WisDOT enhances Silver and AMBER Alert messaging on electronic message boards

New message format aims to help reduce alert durations in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently changed its messaging format for AMBER and Silver Alerts in an effort to provide drivers with pertinent information to help law enforcement and families locate endangered children and missing adults with cognitive impairment.

Drivers passing by electronic message boards will now receive a description of the vehicle and its license plate number, instead of having to call 511 or tune to a local radio station. However, drivers can still utilize these services for more information.

WisDOT partners with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and local law enforcement agencies to broadcast alerts that involve a motor vehicle. In 2015, the STOC messaged 45 Silver Alerts and five AMBER Alerts.

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