DHSMV ASSISTS CITIZENS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN
COLLECTING EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) announces the implementation of a new emergency contact information system. This system allows Floridians to voluntarily provide emergency contact information online, giving law enforcement immediate access to this information and making it easier for them to speak with someone quicker in cases of emergency.
After the death of her daughter Tiffiany in a traffic crash in 2005, Christine Olson was not immediately notified of the incident due to the lack of emergency contact information by law enforcement officials handling the crash. Ms. Olson contacted her state legislator, Representative Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) who put her in contact with DHSMV. Through the cooperative efforts of all three, a system has been developed that would help in situations similar to what Ms. Olson experienced.
“This is a great example of government listening to citizen’s ideas and implementing changes that will make a positive difference,” said Fred Dickinson, Executive Director for DHSMV. “Working with Ms. Olson to put this system into action, we have been able to affect changes that make an impact.”
Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol adds, “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.”
Those with a Florida driver license or identification card can go online to www.flhsmv.gov and enter this information. This information will be immediately available to law enforcement officials.
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