New System Speeds Emergency Contact

By: Victoria Langley
By: Victoria Langley

A new system at the Department of Motor Vehicles will help police notify your loved ones immediately if you’re in an accident.

A special link on the state’s website lets you tie emergency contact information to your driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

You can now type in up to two emergency contacts with their home addresses, phone numbers, work numbers and cell numbers.

Corporal Timothy Roufa of the Florida Highway Patrol says it will save them critical time.

“We’ve had to work with our dispatch to make phone calls, to call around the state, to call local law enforcement agencies and exhaust all the contacts that we have in order to make these next-of-kin notifications, and it’s taken a lot of time. They can take three, four, five hours, sometimes longer before we can get somebody on that doorstep to make that notification and obviously we want to be able to do that a lot quicker than that.”

Officials think Florida is one of the first states in the country to digitally tie emergency contact numbers to driver’s licenses and ID cards.

The state now issues ID cards for children as young as five years old, and you add emergency contact information for them as well.

Go to www.hsmv.state.fl.us, click onto “emergency contact information,” and enter the license or ID number.


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