Amber Alert on phone: For the first time, the state of California residents received a high-pitched alert on their phone containing information about a missing child. The Amber Alert on phone also alerted Californians to the car the suspected abductor was driving.
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An Amber Alert Monday night alerted freeway motorists, television viewers, and, for the first time in California, cellphone subscribers to a blue Nissan Versa with California license plates that a suspected abductor was believed to be driving.
The Amber Alert system, which was introduced in December, sends messages automatically, based on the phone's location.
The alert is sent to phones within proximity of the emergency area, not to all phones registered to a location, California Highway Patrol spokesperson Fran Clader told Web Pro News.
“If you’re from Texas and that’s where your phone number is based and you’re traveling in California at the time of the Amber Alert, you’ll receive the text message about the Amber Alert in California on your Texas-based phone,” she said.