Missouri Highway Patrol Accidentally Sends Batman-Themed Alert
Have you ever received a notification on your phone that seemed a little off? Specifically, a notification sent to you by police? The citizens of Missouri can sure say they have.
Jefferson City Missouri - Around 4:52 p.m Tuesday Afternoon, the Missouri State Highway Patrol accidentally sent a false alert to cellphones statewide. An ‘emergency alert’ from Gotham City about a suspicious vehicle with the license plate UKIDME.
ALERT ALERT, rang all the phones of Missouri... Cellphones buzzed with the automatic alert reading, “GOTHAM CITY MO PURPLE/GREEN 1978 DODGE 3700 GT MO UKIDME.”
For those who do not know, the car referenced was the one used by the Joker in the 1989 “Batman” movie. Here is a quick Batmobile Chase scene to jog your memory.
Soon after the Tuesday evening alert, the patrol sent another saying to disregard it.
In a short news release, the patrol said a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system was inadvertently transmitted statewide. According to officials, the system is meant to let the public know when a police officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
The news release stated, “During the test, an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public.”
Just to be clear, there is no emergency, there is no Gotham City Missouri, and there is no need to keep a lookout for a Purple/Green 1978 Dodge 3700 GT. Hopefully, more than fewer people read the alert and understood that it was nothing to fear.