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Child Safety Day Saturday at Darien service plaza

Published 1:20 pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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The southbound service plaza on Interstate 95 in Darien will host the inaugural Child Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

WEBE 108 FM is co-sponsoring Child Safety Day and will broadcast live from the event. "Andy the Amazing Magician" also will perform.

The parent or guardian of participating children will receive a wallet-sized, laminated card with 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 secure national AMBERAlert data base. 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.

The AMBERAlert Child ID program is available for all children under the age of 18.

The ID cards ensure that officers in the field will have access to a very accurate photo. The state police can also use the AmberAlert database to distribute the information outside the state to aid in the search.

"CT Service Plazas is invested in the communities that we serve here," Paul Landino, president and CEO of Project Service, said. "We want the children of Connecticut to be as safe as possible, and if we can do one small thing to help ensure their safety we are more than happy to do so."