In 30 days, the Amber Alert System is expected to come to the Lubbock area. It's a program that can find kidnapped children much faster. On Monday, Governor Rick Perry signed the order.
Here's how it would work:
If a stranger kidnapped a child, local police would contact DPS.
DPS would issue an alert to radio and TV stations within a 200 mile radius.
TxDOT would also flash a message on electronic signs along highways to warn drivers to watch for the suspect's car.
"If you can get information out as quickly as possible, you're less likely to have the child away from the area in a short amount of time. The shorter time frame, the less likely for foul play," said Trooper John Gonzales.
The federal government is giving Texas $200,000 in grant money to pay for the program. There will be no extra cost for local law enforcement.