OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that creates a new alert for highway signs and traffic advisories when older adults who may be suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia go missing.
The bill signed Wednesday creates a "silver alert" that will use Washington state's current missing person alert system that activates electronic highway signs and radio traffic advisories, the News Tribune of Tacoma reports. It will be aimed at locating adults age 60 and older.
The new program won't activate the federally managed Emergency Alert System that interrupts television and regular radio broadcasts because the state doesn't have permission from the Federal Communications Commission to use the federal emergency system for that purpose.
According to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, more than 40 other states already have a Silver Alert system that specifically applies to older adults.