THINK ABOUT IT EDITORIAL: AMBER Alerts - Tucson News Now

THINK ABOUT IT EDITORIAL: AMBER Alerts

(Source: KOLD News 13) (Source: KOLD News 13)
(Source: KOLD News 13) (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is commentary by Joe Hengemuehler, Vice President and General Manager of KOLD News 13. Viewers with responsible opposing views are welcome to respond by clicking HERE.

This past week you likely heard about an AMBER Alert involving a Tucson brother and sister who were taken by their non-custodial parents, during a supervised visit with child services.

Maybe you saw it on your phone, or right here on one of our newscasts.

But if you were driving along I-10 late Friday night, you probably did not see it on those freeway message boards.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. the Amber Alert information was removed and replaced with one of those catchy "buckle up for safety" messages.

An error? Did someone hit the wrong button at ADOT? Turns out that is what is supposed to happen. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, those Amber Alert messages are only activated for six hours before being replaced.

Nothing against safe driving, but when two young children have been abducted, why not keep that car and license plate description up a little longer?

It only takes one observant driver to help bring them home safe.

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