(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana State Police are not in favor of a new mobile alert system that will notify you by cell phone if a child is abducted or severe weather is moving in.
ISP Captain David Bursten says Indiana decided not to participate in the Commercial Mobile Alert System, WISH-TV in Indianapolis reports. The system can notify cell phone users of AMBER alerts, tornadoes, and other threats.
Why? He’s fears that the loud tone emitted from a phone when an alert is issued will startle people. It could interrupt people sleeping, cause those unfamiliar with the alert program to become confused, or possibly cause drivers to crash.
“The least issue may be being involved in a property damage accident, or you might be involved in something more serious that results in injury or death,” said Bursten.
Bursten said the Indiana State Police is looking into its own mobile AMBER Alert system.
The FCC and FEMA created the commercial mobile alert system. It automatically reaches 97 percent of the population. According to FEMA, individuals will be able to opt-out of AMBER alerts and other notifications, however, individuals will not be able to opt-out of Presidential alerts.
Since the new warning system began being rolled out in 2012, 19 warnings have been issued in 14 states.