The Connecticut Service Plazas will hold its second Child Safety Day on Sunday, April 27, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Safety Day will be held at the I-95 Darien Southbound Service Plaza. Free AmberAlert Child ID cards will be distributed to parents or guardians of the children in attendance.
WEBE 108 FM is co-sponsoring Child Safety Day and will broadcast live from the event. Entertainment will be provided by “Andy the Amazing Magician.”
The AMBERAlert Child ID program is a program available for all children under the age of 18. AmberAlert Child ID cards are wallet-sized, laminated cards that include a photo of the child, a unique AMBERAlert number and essential information needed to find the child in the event of an abduction. The encrypted information is sent to a secured National AMBERAlert data base. These cards will be given to parents and guardians of participating children for free. The only requirement is for the parent/guardian to fill out and sign a brief consent form. The child should be present for an accurate photo to be taken. Registration and the first AmberAlert ID card are free; additional cards can be purchased for $2.
AMBERAlert Child ID events are held by participating Rotary Clubs across the country; this event will be held in collaboration with the Clinton Rotary Club.
“These ID cards ensure that the AMBERAlert system has all of the child’s essential information as well as a good picture. This means that this information can be made available to law enforcement as fast as possible in the unfortunate case that a child goes missing or is abducted,” said Jack Eagan, Clinton Rotary Club Amber Alert Child ID Coordinator.
Eagan, who has over 40 years of law enforcement experience, says that often the photos provided to authorities are not very accurate. These ID cards ensure that officers in the field will have access to a clear, up to date photo. The Connecticut State Police can also use the AmberAlert database to distribute the information outside the state to aid in the search.
“Here at CT Service Plazas we care about the communities we serve and we want the children of Connecticut to be as safe as possible,” said Paul Landino, President and CEO of Project Service. “If we can do one small thing to help ensure children’s’ safety we want to make that possible.”
About CT Project Service
Project Service LLC has a long-term contract with the state to renovate and operate the Service Plazas. Seventeen of 23 Service Plazas have been completely renovated and reopened. All 23 Service Plazas are open twenty-four hours a day. Each Service Plaza offers different food options; some of these options include Subway, McDonalds, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Each Service Plaza also features a convenience store and an ExxonMobil gas station. The plazas also have clean restrooms, free WiFi and backup power generators for use during power outages.