If you are injured in an accident, will law enforcement be able to contact your loved ones?

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If you are injured in an accident or other emergency situation, will law enforcement personnel have accurate information needed to contact someone for you? The Florida Highway Patrol developed the “Emergency Contact Information” system that allows Floridians to voluntarily provide emergency contact information online.  The system was developed after  Christine Olson’s daughter, Tiffiany, was fatally injured in a traffic accident in 2005. There was no emergency contact system in place and several hours passed before Ms. Olson was notified of her daughter’s passing. Wanting to help others avoid this experience, Ms. Olson approached her Legislator, Representative Bill Galvano, and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The result, an emergency contact information system.

This service allows you to identify two emergency contacts (up to six phone numbers) that you authorize law enforcement personnel to contact in the event of an emergency.  The information is stored in the Driver and Vehicle Information Database (D.A.V.I.D.) system which is a secured database used by most law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida.Only law enforcement personnel will have access to your emergency contact information and will only be used  to notify designated contacts if a motorist is seriously injured or killed in a traffic crash. 

Read the Driver Privacy Protection Act

To update your emergency contact information,  visit  https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/ or at your local driver license office. There are also links to this site if you are conducting business with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on-line such as renewing your driver license, changing the address on your license or renewing your vehicle license plate.

Download the Emergency Contact Information Brochure

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