Las Vegas Motor Speedway joins Nevada¿s Amber Alert System


            Las Vegas Motor Speedway has joined in the effort to protect Nevada¿s children and assist in recovering kidnapped victims, with the speedway announcing today that it will lend the use of its marquee to state law enforcement agencies in the event of an Amber Alert.

            Gov. Kenny Guinn signed Assembly Bill 322 on May 6 requiring a statewide Amber Alert system be put in place by July 1.

            ¿In these times, we all share concerns about the safety of children,¿ said Chris Powell, the speedway¿s general manager. ¿While it¿s our hope that we never would need to activate an Amber Alert, the speedway wants to do everything in its power to assist in the safe return of any missing or abducted child. As a parent of five sons, I can attest to the extreme importance of this worthy program.¿

            Nevada is the 42nd state to implement the Amber Alert system. The system was created in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was kidnapped while riding her bicycle and later killed.

            ¿Partnerships between local law enforcement and private business is a key to having a successful Amber Alert notification system,¿ said Sgt. Tom Wagner, lead sergeant of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department¿s Missing Persons Detail. ¿We are very grateful that Las Vegas Motor Speedway is joining in this process. With the speedway¿s location on Interstate 15, it is the last opportunity for people to see the Amber Alert notification. This makes the speedway especially valuable to our operation.¿

            According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are approximately 114,600 attempted abductions each year. The center has credited the system with recovering 53 children nationwide. Approximately 100 abducted children are killed each year in the United States, according to estimates from the center.