Driving along a highway on any given day, the signs above the road may flash the words Silver Alert followed by a vehicle description and the license tag number.
The Florida Silver Alert Plan was established in 2008 and made into a law by the Florida Legislature in 2011. Its purpose is to help law enforcement rescue people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder who end up lost while driving their car.
“Being able to get the message out right away is important, and putting that message up on the sign is the fastest way to do it,” said Major Warren Fast, a troop commander with the Florida Highway Patrol in Panama City. “Our goal is to get the missing person back home safely and this is a very useful way of helping us try to accomplish that.”
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