(KCPW News) The Division of Motor Vehicles and Utah Highway Patrol are behind one representative’s push to make it easier for law enforcement to contact someone’s friends or family after an accident. Democratic Representative Marie Poulson says her bill allows drivers to give the DMV two contact numbers that emergency personnel can access in an emergency.
“Currently, the only information that our police officers have is just what’s on your drivers license,” she says. “And so if you’re unresponsive, they don’t have any access to people to contact. It allows us to go in at the DMV and designate the information for two emergency contact persons.”
Poulson says her bill doesn’t require that drivers or state ID holders provide the extra information, but she sees it as a way to give residents more peace of mind.
“As a parent of a bunch of teenagers at one time, when you’re pacing the floor, worried about where they are; or as the daughter of elderly parents, I think this offers a great deal of comfort and a service to our citizens to have this option,” says Poulson.
The bill passed out of the House of Representatives this morning and will now be heard in the Senate.
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