New Program to Register Emergency Contacts before a Car Accident in Boca Raton or Elsewhere

A feature of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles could help to make sure your family is notified in a timely manner in the event of a serious car accident in Boca Raton or elsewhere. Motorists are now able to register the names and numbers of emergency contacts with the Department.

To promote ongoing awareness of the program, Governor Rick Scott held a statewide Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week. During this time, residents were urged to visit the DHSMV to register vital contact information that can be used in the event of an accident. The DHSMV teamed up with the Division of Emergency Management to help to get all Florida residents on board with the new program. Residents are still able to register this information with the Department.

Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys understand how important this type of information can be. Unfortunately, there are many times when family members are not notified in a timely manner after a serious car accident because the information cannot be retrieved from the victim. With this information on file with the Department, officials can contact your loved ones more quickly.

“As we celebrate Register Your Emergency Contact Information Week this first week of October, please register and encourage your friends and family members to do so, too,” said Julie L. Jones, the Executive Director for the DHSMV.

There have already been more than 5 million people register their emergency contact information with the Department. The new program hopes to obtain this important information from Florida’s 15.5 million licensed drivers.

Once you’ve registered with the program, residents with either an identification card or a driver’s license will be able to submit two contacts to the Department to notify in the event of an emergency, such as a traffic accident. Don’t worry! The information is only to be used by law enforcement offices in the event of an accident.

Bryan W. Koon, the Florida Division of Emergency Management Director, says that the program is 100 percent voluntary but he still urges residents to get registered as this information can help to ensure that you’re connected with your loved ones in a timely manner.

Singing up only takes a minute. You can do it from any computer. Just visit the DHSMV’s website. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can still register at any Florida driver’s license office or county tax collector office. This program is completely free!

The program was started after a motorcycle accident that killed Tiffiany Olson in December of 2005. In this case, officials were unable to notify her mother in a timely manner. They were unable to retrieve emergency contact information from Tiffiany. Tiffiany’s mother, Christine Olson, brought the idea of the program to Rep. Bill Galvano and the idea took off.