L-R: HSMV Deputy Executive Director Dave Westberry, Lt. Governor Toni Jennings,
FHP Captain Diane Russo, and HSMV Executive Director Fred Dickinson
Lt. Governor Toni Jennings joined officials from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Highway Patrol recently to highlight Florida’s new emergency contact information system. Available to all individuals with valid Florida driver licenses and identification cards, the new system allows Floridians to voluntarily provide emergency contact information online. Law enforcement officers have immediate access to this information in case of emergencies. During the event, Lt. Governor Jennings entered her emergency contact information into the system.
Lt. Gov Jennings watches as a trooper pulls up her contact information
from his vehicle’s mobile computer terminal moments after she enters it on the website
“Taking just a few minutes to enter this information online provides peace of mind and the knowledge that loved ones and close friends will be only a phone call away if needed,” said Lt. Governor Jennings. “I encourage all Florida residents to participate in this innovative new program.”
Following the tragic death of her daughter Tiffiany in a 2005 car accident, Manatee resident Christine Olson could not be immediately notified due to the lack of emergency contact information available to law enforcement officials. Ms. Olson contacted her state legislator, Representative Bill Galvano, to advocate for a solution that could prevent similar situations in the future. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles partnered with Ms. Olson and the Florida Legislature to develop a system that provides law enforcement officials immediate access to important contact information.
FHP Corporal Terrance Chukes poses with Lt. Gov. Jennings
“This is a great example of government listening to citizen’s ideas and implementing changes that will make a positive difference,” said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Fred Dickinson. “We have already had more than 346,000 people go online and enter their information.”
Executive Director Dickinson answers questions from the press
while Lt. Gov. Jennings is watching the trooper demonstrate how quickly
her information can be accessed from his vehicle computer.
“In the event of an unfortunate emergency, having this information at hand will allow law enforcement officials to quickly get in touch with those listed as a contact,” said Colonel Christopher Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Individuals with a Florida driver license or identification card can visit www.flhsmv.gov to enter their emergency contact information. This information will be immediately available to law enforcement officials.