|The scene on IH-610 NB just south of IH-10 about mid-afternoon today.|
|THE WOODLANDS?! OMG, THAT'S RIGHT NEXT DOOR!!|
SEE?!?! PREDATORS - THEY ARE **EVERYWHERE**!!
YOU CAN'T BE TOO CAREFUL!!!
But along the way, those freeway bulletins reinforced unspecified boogey man terror in the hearts of perhaps one million Houstonians today. Seriously. I don't know how many motorists use the local freeways each day, but HCTRA alone reportedly handles a half-million. And I think that the Amber Alert system is a good system except it has this unfortunate drawback: these announcements don't provide any context as to what motorists are seeing. Many people see "kidnapped child" and they assume that it must be a pedophile who intends to leave the child's lifeless body on the train tracks after he gets done violating it repeatedly.
Sigh. Ilona Carson presented the statistic the other day that there are only about 100 abductions of kids by strangers nation-wide each year. Contrast that with this little gem:
|Screengrabbed from this source.|
Two hundred to one odds, give or take, given the vagaries of any particular year's statistics. Remember that the next time a freeway marquee stops your beating heart.
|It was a family member.|
It almost always is.