Trucking leader helps ‘Amber Alert’

LOS ANGELES — A member of the Church who is the president of the California Trucking Association held a press conference recently with state officials to announce a major expansion of the Amber Alert system.

CTA President Randy Clifford, a member of the Huntington Beach 2nd Ward, Huntington Beach California North Stake, stood with Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante and California Highway Patrol Deputy Commissioner Joe Farrow to explain that truck drivers here will now be added eyes on the road as part of Amber Alert, which quickly mobilizes law enforcement, the media and the public when a child has been abducted.

"Trucks are on the road 24/7 to keep our economy moving," said Brother Clifford during the November press conference. "Professional truck drivers have long cooperated with CHP on reporting road hazards and stranded motorists, and in recovering stolen cargo. There is no cargo more precious than our children and we are pleased to help the Amber Alert system bring families back together."

The California Trucking Association has 2,500 member companies operating 38,000 trucks on California's highways.

When informed by the highway patrol of an Amber Alert, the trucking association will immediately broadcast, fax and e-mail its member companies so that those truck drivers can be notified. Drivers will report any Amber Alert sightings to 1-800-TELL-CHP and let the law enforcement officials take over from there.

"At CTA we say, 'We drive for a living. Safety is our priority,' " Clifford said. "What better way to underscore our support for safety than to join CHP and the lieutenant governor in serving the safety of our children."