Greensboro, N.C. -- It has a proven track record when it comes to helping save the lives of children, the AMBER Alert system.
It's one of the quickest ways to get information to drivers about a person who's abducted a child. AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response. On Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety recognized its 10th anniversary.
Over the past 10 years the state has activated the AMBER Alert system for abducted or endangered children 83 times and has a 100% success rate. That means all 83 cases were resolved according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
The first AMBER Alert was for a baby girl who was in the back seat of a hijacked car in Mecklenburg County on August 27, 2003. She was safely found. It was also the first time the state used electronic road signs to help find a missing child.
Laws in 2002 established the North Carolina Child Alert Notification System allowing the N.C. Center for Missing Persons to expand its program statewide.
WFMY News 2/NC Department of Public Safety