ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Truckers: Stewards of AMBER Alert and GPS to Find Lost Children

Updated on October 30, 2009

Mommy, where are you?

Every year in the United States, approximately 800,000 children end up missing or become targets of predators. AMBER Alert and GPS, the most powerful tracking device, can add an invaluable safety mechanism for the protection of your children. The device can be placed in a child's pocket, backpack, or attached to a wrist, ankle, or belt. After setting a defined perimeter, a detailed map and address of your child's whereabouts can be received on your cell phone or computer.

The AMBER Alert Highway Network has been proven to be its effectiveness to recover abducted children. Additionally, Qaulcomm Incorporated established a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Within this partnership, Qualcomm distributes AMBER Alerts on abducted or missing children to truck drivers. Truckers could be considered as watchdogs of American highways, as they possess unique opportunities to come into contact with predators and child abductors. The eyes and ears of thousands of truckers can be vital in helping to bring missing children home.

Qualcomm Incorporated, headquartered in San Diego, California, is known as the industry's global leader when it comes to providing high-value wireless data solutions. Satellite-based mobile communication equipment are used to work with NCMEC, trucking companies, and truck drivers nationwide. AMBER Alerts are distributed to on-board mobile-communication systems as a call for assistance.

It's quite possible that these stewards of AMBER Alert could be the first to report suspected or suspicious people on the highways. Many carriers have enrolled in the AMBER Alert Highway Network, with Ohio Trucking Association being the first carrier to participate, and several other carriers have embraced involvement with AMBER Alert GPS system.

Historically, truckers have been known for assisting stranded motorists and accident victims. The trucking industry and AMBER Alert seems to be a perfect fit. The program works as follows:

  • Law enforcement personnel receives notice of a missing child.

  • Truck carriers are notified.

  • The information is broadcast to on-board computers.

  • Additional information is posted in driver's lounges and dispatch offices.

A lost or missing child is, undoubtedly, the most horrific ordeal that any parent can experience. The safe return of the child is, obviously, the most critical undertaking of any public entity.

Truckers have already proven to be valuable assets within the AMBER Alert system. AMBER Alerts have been credited with recovering more than 240 children, since its beginning in 1997. NCMEC was established in 1984, and has assisted law enforcement on more than 89,000 missing children cases, and helped reunite more than 73,000 children with their families, and reports a 94 percent recovery rate.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ivori profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Eisenberg 

      8 years ago from Titusville

      Other drivers could be included to receive Amber Alert notifications if the Qualcomm system is installed and activated in their vehicles. However, Qualcomm is not something installed by every company in every vehicle they operate, or in personal cars / trucks.

    • profile image

      Child Tracking 

      8 years ago

      I must be missing something..

      Why only issue to truck drivers? Why are the alerts not issued to car drivers enrolled into the same system. Not forgetting those involved in other forms of transport such as buses and railways.

      I'm not trying to denegrate the pricipal of the idea. I just think that it surely should be much wider in scope.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)