October 2, 2008, marked the two year anniversary of the Emergency Contact Information (ECI) system. The purpose of the Emergency Contact Information system is to encourage Floridians to register their emergency contact information in the Florida Driver License database to be used in the event of an emergency such as a fatal crash. When emergency contact information is entered into the system, law enforcement officers can access this information when they check a Florida driver license or Florida ID card in the event of a traffic crash or other emergency.
Unfortunately, the Emergency Contact Information system was not in place when Ms. Christine Olson’s daughter Tiffiany and her daughter’s boyfriend Dustin Wilder were killed in a traffic crash in 2005. It took emergency responders over six hours to contact Ms. Olson and Wilder’s family because they did not have current emergency contact information.
As a result, Ms. Olson approached her state Legislator, Representative Bill Galvano a R- Bradenton and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). The result, an emergency contact information system, also known as Tiff’s Initiative was developed.
The Emergency Contact Information system’s second year anniversary was marked by a press conference at Manatee Community College in Bradenton, FL where the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles members set up a F.L.O.W. (Florida Licensing on Wheels) mobile and helped students and faculty enter emergency contact information into the system. In attendance at the event were Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp, State Representative Bill Galvano, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Electra Bustle, and Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston. To register your emergency contact information, go to https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/.