New Interstate Emergency Signs

By: Andrea Candrian Email
By: Andrea Candrian Email

TALLAHASSEE - New signs are going up along I-10 in Tallahassee. They're designed to get the word out about missing children and approaching hurricanes.

The signs will flash Amber Alert information to put extra sets of eyes out there to get those missing kids home. They'll also let you know about anything that could put you in harm's way like a hurricane or even if there's a car accident ahead.

If an emergency situation hits Tallahassee roadways, the Department of Transportation wants you to know about it. That's the aim of these brand new transportation signs in Tallahassee to alert drivers of approaching conditions.

James Winekofs, a truck driver, says signs like this have saved him a lot of headaches.

"I've been down here in hurricane season and they've shut the interstates down and you wouldn't know anything about it until you're stuck, without something like that," Winekofs said.

The signs act as a warning to drivers, but their main focus is getting the word out about Amber Alerts.

DOT officials have installed other signs around the state and say they're successful in putting out more sets of eyes to bring home missing children.

"Then you get the word out and get people looking for the bad guys," said Dave Benge, who was driving down the interstate Monday.

These signs are the first three in the Tallahassee area. So far they're just in the testing phase. But once they're fully operational, DOT officials hope they're worth the investment because danger crosses county lines just as quickly as drivers do.

"The faster you can get where you're going and the safety you can get, the better," said William Peterson, a truck driver passing through Tallahassee from North Carolina.

The signs cost about$ 800,000 each. They're paid with tax dollars. DOT will finish testing and installing them over the next few weeks. The signs should be fully functioning sometime next month.

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