Florida Car Accident Prevention: Silver Alerts Program Signed into Law

by Carmen Dellutri on August 9, 2011

Naples personal injury lawyerLate last month, the Florida Silver Alert Plan, which helps protect Florida’s vulnerable senior citizens, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Established in 2008 by Executive Order, Silver Alerts assist local law enforcement in the rescue of a missing elderly person with a cognitive impairment. Similar to an Amber Alert, the alerts broadcast important information via the media and highway message signs to enlist residents in the search for an endangered senior.

Since 2008, 44 seniors have been recovered directly due to activated Silver Alerts, out of a total of 321 alerts. With almost one-quarter of Florida’s population age 60 and older, this law is extremely important.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 60 percent of those with Alzheimer’s will wander and become lost at some point. This becomes even more dangerous if individuals with dementia get behind the wheel since they are prone to making judgmental errors such as driving into wooded areas or water, driving the wrong way on the road, and not recognizing road signs.

If you have a loved one missing, you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Only a law enforcement agency may activate a Silver Alert.

Law enforcement will investigate by asking questions of the person reporting the missing person. The law enforcement officer must conclude that the missing person is cognitively impaired, they are driving a car, and the disappearance poses a credible threat to the person’s welfare and safety. The officer must also verify the vehicle and tag information.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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