Bill aims to expand Amber Alert system in NM

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A New Mexico lawmaker pre-filled a bill Wednesday that would help protect children across the state. If it passes, all cell phone and pager companies that do business here in New Mexico will be required to issue Amber Alerts. Representative-elect Sarah Maestas authored the bill.

Amber Alerts have helped save nearly 500 people nationwide. Most of those recoveries have happened since 2002 when a national Amber Alert coordinator was appointed. Facebook has also started sending Amber Alerts on its news feed.

Wednesday Governor Martinez issued the following statement about the proposal.

“When a child is abducted, time matters. The odds of finding a kidnapped child drop exponentially with every hour that goes by,” said Governor Susana Martinez. “The Amber Alert is an invaluable tool that helps law enforcement quickly enlist the eyes and ears of our entire community to be on the lookout for an abducted child. This bill helps update the Amber Alert to make sure we’re using all the technology available to us. That text alert you receive on your phone while you’re at work or at the grocery store could be the key to successfully reuniting a child with their family.”

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