Christine Olson, a mother from Bradenton, lost her daughter, Tiffany, in a motorcycle accident in 2005. She had to wait more than six hours to hear the news, even though the accident occurred less than 15 minutes away from her Palmetto home. Troopers could not find any emergency contact information, which is why took hours for them to locate Olson and her home.
Since that day, she has devoted considerable time and energy to road safety activism and other such efforts.
Olson developed a database that now has more than 13 million users who are registered in it, with the help of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Representative bill Galvano. That database is now the basis of an app.
Drivers in Florida and six other states can register important contact information in case an emergency occurs. That information gets linked to your driver’s license. Scanning the license will open up emergency contacts and other crucial information.
To sign up for the app and register your information, visit www.toinformfamiliesfirst.org, then pick your state, enter your driver’s license and birthday and emergency contact information.
Olson’s goal is to continue to push for usage of the database and app across the country.
Stay safe on Florida’s roads and highways
All drivers must obey the rules of the road and operate their vehicles with a reasonable level of care and safety. For more information about the steps you can take if you have been injured in a car accident, speak with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.