Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
SANTA Fe – In an effort to protect New Mexico’s children, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Bernalillo County, announced today that she plans to file legislation that will require all cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts. Under current New Mexico law, there is no requirement.
“When a child goes missing, we need to do everything we can to find them and bring them back home safely,” Maestas Barnes said. “The Amber Alert System saves lives – that is why it’s so critical that we expand the service to reach all New Mexicans who have a cell phone.”
The legislation will expand Amber Alerts to all cell phone and pager services that do business in New Mexico – at no charge to their customers.
“At the end of the day, the more people who see an Amber Alert, the faster we can find missing children,” Maestas Barnes said. “It is my hope that we can work together to get this passed.”
The Amber Alert System is designed to alert people about a missing or abducted child. Since 2002, the program is credited with finding and saving nearly 500 children nationwide.