McGuinty Government Expands Amber Alert System To Help Keep Kids Safe
Lottery Retailers Join With Police And Government To Protect Child Safety
TORONTO -- The McGuinty government is increasing the number of ways people can get information during AMBER Alerts by using the province's 9,000 lottery terminals to broadcast critical information when a child is abducted.
"When a child is abducted, every minute, every second counts," said Premier McGuinty. "Our government is working to make sure that our children, our communities and our province are safe."
Premier McGuinty helped launch the new lottery terminal/AMBER Alert initiative today at Toronto's Union Station together with members of his government and officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC), provincial police services, the Ontario Association of Broadcasters and the Ontario Convenience Store Association.
During an AMBER Alert, information about an abducted child, suspects or suspect vehicles is broadcast through electronic highway signs and radio and television bulletins. This new partnership increases an AMBER Alert's visibility by displaying potentially life-saving information on lottery terminal screens in high-traffic locations such as convenience stores, gas stations, mall kiosks, supermarkets and newsstands.
"There is nothing more important than the safe return of a child," said Joseph Cordiano, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, also responsible for the OLGC. "This initiative uses the power of Ontario's network of 9,000 lottery retail terminals to keep people across the province informed if a child is abducted."
"Simply put, this new initiative has the potential to save a child's life," said Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Monte Kwinter. "This is the largest expansion of Ontario's AMBER Alert program since its launch two years ago and it will improve the safety of our children and our communities."
"In a child abduction situation, every second is critical," said John Carson, Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. "This new partnership will increase awareness of an AMBER Alert and it may help secure the safe and swift return of an abducted child."
"I know we can all agree -- that one child abducted is one child too many," said Premier McGuinty. "By working together, we can keep our children safe, our communities secure and our province strong."