As a retired firefighter, I often responded to the scene of car accidents. These are intense situations that sadly, sometimes resulted in death. Last summer, a teenager was in a car accident and had to be airlifted to the hospital. His mother was only six miles from the wreck and did not receive a call notifying her of the situation until six hours later. By that time, her son had passed away. When this happens, we want to ensure the loved ones of those involved in accidents are promptly notified. That’s why this session, I am involved in efforts to establish an emergency contact database.
The database would be developed by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and would provide public safety officers with the most up-to-date emergency contact information provided by individuals.
Everyone involved in these situations understands the importance of notifying loved ones as soon as possible, and this new tool will help in this effort. By having this information easily accessible, the delicate process of notifying family members could be expedited, and others wouldn’t suffer like the mother who was unable to be by her son’s side. Law enforcement officers who make good-faith efforts to contact families in a reasonable amount of time would be provided with civil immunity from any associated damages if they are unable to reach a contact.
It is important that we give law enforcement officers the resources to contact the family of a person involved in a serious accident within a reasonable amount of time. By creating the emergency contact database, we would be streamlining this time-sensitive and delicate process. The BMV and public safety officials have voiced the need for this type of system, and hopefully this database will be a helpful tool to everyone in these unfortunate circumstances.
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State Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67, which includes Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.
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