They are called Intelligent Transportation Signs and they are the giant signs you see mostly on the side of major interstates highways in big cities. Lubbock transportation officials hope to have their own signs here but we are told, it is not going to be an easy task.
Lugging around four children to the grocery store in not an easy task. Just ask mother Elsa Williams who does it all the time. Elsa says her children's safety is important when she takes them out in public and that comes first. "I usually tell them to stand inside the yellow line by the back tire," Elsa says.
The Amber Alert is spreading state wide in light of all the recent child abductions. Not only will the media and different law agencies help find a stolen child, but Intelligent Transportation signs will help get the message out. Lubbock transportation officials are hoping to bring at least one sign to the hub city. "Well, I would imagine they would be in a high visibility area like on interstates and US highways. We don't have any indication where they will be placed or when we will get them," said Penny Mason, Texas Department of Public Safety Information Officer.
Across the state, there are 273 signs permanent posted on major corridors in 14 cities. Those include: Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Pharr, San Antonio, Tyler, Waco, and Wichita Falls. Before the year is up, Corpus Chrisi and Amarillo will be next to have the electronic message boards. In January, the TXDOT will determine if Lubbock is next to receive a message board.
Mother Elsa thinks likes the idea, "I think it's a great idea to have an electric sign up where the messages can be changed periodically and instantly if need be." And like most mothers, Elsa will do everything she can to keep her kids safe.
TXDOT says each sign costs $1,000,000 and are not limited to child abduction alerts. They are also used to warn motorists about road conditions due to weather and construction. But, TXDOT has to determine if there is a need for our area. If Lubbock gets the signs, TXDOT says we will get them in a couple of years.