Is Utah overusing the Amber Alert system? This lawmaker thinks so. – St George News

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SALT LAKE CITY — If you tend to ignore notifications about Amber Alerts because of their frequency, you may not be alone.

Utah Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, wants to create better criteria for issuing Amber Alerts, saying “overuse” has led to people ignoring them. He is the sponsor of HB266, which prohibits law enforcement agencies from issuing Amber Alerts for reported runaways or in issues of a child custody dispute, “unless there is a credible threat of imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death to the child.”

Wilcox said law enforcement agencies have “misused” Amber Alerts in runaway cases and child custody cases recently.

“The problem is when we do that, then people start to ignore them,” he said. “And so we started turning off the Amber Alerts … If you notice the last few we’ve had, they had to clarify, ‘By the way, this one’s for real’ in the notice itself, right? That shouldn’t be what’s happening.”

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