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Tuesday September 14th, 2010 :: 03:42 p.m. EDT

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Would Law Enforcement Know Who To Call If You Were Seriously Injured In A Crash? See email for full story.

Did you know 1 out of every 16 drivers will experience a crash in their lifetime? Even more shocking is that 1 out of every 100 drivers will lose their life in that crash. As technology advances with items such as cell phones, GPS units, and digital billboards, so does the number of distractions drivers are faced with on their daily routes which will no doubt add to these tragic statistics. As a parent with a 12 year old son, the day is quickly approaching when my biggest fear is realized that the reins must be released as he begins to assert his independence – especially with the issuance of his driver’s license. Some readers are shaking their head in agreement reminiscing this momentous occasion. The thought of allowing our children absolute freedom to control an object weighing over a ton is scary to say the least!

Speaking of children and technology have you stopped lately and pondered the thought that the graduating class of 2011 has never rolled down a car window with a handle – used a rotary phone – ever heard of a BETA VCR or probably even of a VCR – seen an electric typewriter, or heard of the Atari game system. No doubt we live in times of technological advancements which can be viewed both negative and positive depending on the advancement. Today’s article will focus on a simple implementation of technology which took a major tragedy to bring the idea to light.

On December 7, 2005, the life of Christine Olson was changed forever. Christine's daughter Tiffiany Olson was involved in a traffic crash on U.S. 19 in Manatee County, Florida. Tiffiany received fatal injuries when the motorcycle she was a passenger on collided with another vehicle.

Ms. Olson was not notified of Tiffiany’s passing for several hours and was not able to say her last goodbyes. Ms. Olson was heartbroken. She then found the silver lining to an otherwise dark cloud. Ms. Olson, with the assistance of State Representative Bill Galvano from Bradenton District 68, began pushing for emergency information to be added to a person's driver's license or identification card.

Since the information could not be printed directly on a license, Ms. Olson and Rep. Galvano contacted the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and took the next best route-to have the information included in the D.A.V.I.D. (Driver And Vehicle Information Database) system which is a secured database used by most law enforcement agencies in the State of Florida.

Ms. Olson and her family urge all licensed drivers in the State of Florida to input their information so families can be contacted more quickly in the event a family member is seriously injured or killed in a traffic crash. To voluntarily register at no cost log onto www.ToInformFamiliesFirst.org.

In addition to searching a driver's license database, police officers will routinely find emergency contact information stored in cell phones. The most common title to have this information stored under includes “EMERGENCY” OR “I.C.E.” which stands for In Case of Emergency.

Some things in life are too important to wait until tomorrow.

Stay safe!

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Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

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Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section
dwfarber@altamonte.org
407-571-8290

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