Washington to show Silver Alerts on electronic highway signs

Silver Alerts will function much like existing Amber Alerts, with important information displayed on electronic signs on Washington highways.

Starting next week, the Washington Department of Transportation will begin displaying information about missing senior citizens on electronic signs that can be found along many of the state's major highways.

The Silver Alert program works much like existing Amber Alerts.

When a missing person who is 60 or older is considered endangered, WSDOT will broadcast their information so that drivers can be on the lookout.

In addition to the electronic message signs, WSDOT said the alerts may also include radio broadcasts and the 5-1-1 travel information hotline.

The alerts will only display when there is vehicle information included in the alert, such as a license plate number or description.

Unlike Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts will not activate cell phone notifications.

The alerts could be especially helpful for finding missing people who suffer from dementia.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 60 percent of people with Alzheimer's Disease will wander from home.

The new policy goes into effect on Thursday, Aug. 27.

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