Trooper Steve explains difference between Silver, Amber, Blue alerts in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

The most recent question Trooper Steve addressed is, “What are the differences between a Silver, Amber and Blue alert in the state of Florida?”

“When it comes to a Silver Alert, usually the person must be 60 years of age or older,” Trooper Steve said. “In some cases, the person could range from ages 18 to 59 and police have determined that this person lacks some type of cognitive ability. Usually, the person suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia, and the family has reported them missing or endangered.”

What about an Amber Alert?

“That’s one of the most heart-wrenching alerts,” Trooper Steve said. “This is issued when a child has gone missing and it has been determined that they have been abducted by someone and are in immediate danger.”

Florida’s Blue Alert references law-enforcement.

“For the state to issue this type of alert, a police officer has either been killed, injured or has gone missing and the suspect is not in custody and poses an immediate threat to other police officers,” he said.

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About the Author:

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.