Drivers take note: WisDOT changes its messaging format for AMBER, Silver Alerts

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MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has 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 now traveling past an electronic message board during an alert will receive a description of the vehicle and its license plate number instead of having to call 511 or tune to a local radio station for more information. However, drivers can still utilize these services to receive more information.

To sign-up for Silver and AMBER Alert notifications visit wisconsincrimealert.gov.

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.