FLORIDA MOTORISTS URGED TO INPUT EMERGENCY CONTACTS
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 2, 2007
Tallahassee - One year ago today, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) implemented a new emergency contact information system that allows Florida motorists to voluntarily provide emergency contact information online using their Florida driver licenses or Florida identification cards. The information can then be accessed by law enforcement officers to notify designated contacts if a motorist is seriously injured or killed in a traffic crash.
Tiffiany's Story -- After her daughter Tiffiany was critically injured in a traffic crash in 2005, Christine Olson was not immediately notified of the incident because law enforcement officers working the crash had no emergency contact information. By the time Ms. Olson was contacted, it was too late for her to say goodbye to her daughter. Ms. Olson felt that some kind of system needed to be in place that would ensure the immediate contact of parents and loved ones in cases like this, so she asked for help from her state legislator, Representative Bill Galvano, who put her in contact with DHSMV.
"We encourage all Floridians to take a few moments and input this vital information," said Electra Bustle, Executive Director of DHSMV, “In the event of an unfortunate emergency, having this information readily at hand will allow law enforcement officials to quickly get in touch with those listed as a contact.”
On this first year anniversary, we are, once again, urging Florida motorists to go online and enter their emergency contact information. To date, over 743,000 Floridians have already done so. However, with over 18 million licensed drivers and identification card holders in our state, many more need to take the time to go online and enter their information.
Anyone with a valid Florida driver license or identification card can go online and enter their emergency contact information at www.flhsmv.gov. The information is kept secure, and is only used by law enforcement officials in case of an emergency. It's easy to do; it requires only a few minutes; and it's very important!
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