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FOX 24 Macon – State to Post Alerts on Private Billboards


ATLANTA (AP) - The state plans to use privately owned electronic billboards in metro areas to broadcast weather warnings and other emergency alerts, including lookouts for missing people.


Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle announced Tuesday that the billboards will be used like the Department of Transportation's electronic signs over the interstates in Atlanta, which can post traffic conditions or broadcast "Levi Calls" for missing children.


The Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Bureau of Investigation can activate the 75 billboards donated by the Outdoor Advertising Association of Georgia.


The signs, which normally carry advertising, are located on highways in Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Brunswick, Macon, Rome, Savannah and Valdosta.


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