Dart Transit joins Amber network

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If an Amber Alert is issued for a missing or endangered child, Dart Transit drivers will know about it. The carrier is joining forces with other carriers as part of the Amber Alert Highway Network.

A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Qualcomm, the Amber system is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and transportation agencies. The program issues public bulletins in child abduction cases.

Earlier this year, the American Trucking Associations joined the Amber network. Alerts of endangered children now are sent to member drivers through their onboard wireless computers, enabling truckers and carriers to support nationwide police searches.

“Professional truck drivers can play a key role during an Amber Alert,” says Gary Volkman, vice president for safety at Eagan, Minn.-based Dart. “They are trained to be observant, and they are alert to what goes on around them. By the nature of their work, truck drivers are present nearly everywhere, making them a tremendous resource during an Amber Alert.”