Herb Hicks from the Hartwell Rotary Club presented the Rotary Amber Alert Child ID Program on Tuesday during the regular Elberton Rotary Club meeting at the Civic Center.
The program provides parents, grandparents, or guardians with child ID cards for law enforcement to use in time of abduction.
The Amber Alert system was started in July 1997, in Texas when law enforcement was unable to locate Amber Hagerman.
Unfortunately, her body was located just 4 miles from where the abduction took place and from that incident, local authorities began to develop the Amber Alert System.
Hicks presented a very alarming statistic during his presentation.
“According to the U.S. Department of Justice there are more than 114,000 attempted abductions of children by non-family members each year. That averages to 159 children per day, or one child every nine minutes”, said Hicks.
Parents wanting a Rotary Amber Alert Child ID card should bring their child to Pinnacle Bank’s Main Branch on Friday between the hours of 12:00pm and 5:00pm. Initial registration and first ID will be free. Any additional Rotary Amber Alert Child ID cards will cost $2.