Utah H.B. 21 Leads to the Creation of Critical Public Service

Utah.gov Launches New Emergency Contact Service

SALT LAKE CITY--()--There are over 11 million motor vehicle accidents on average in the United States per year, according to the most recent census data. In the unfortunate event you are involved in an accident and unable to communicate in an emergency situation, Utah.gov and the Utah Department of Public Safety Driver License Division have launched a new Emergency Contact Service. As part of Utah House Bill 21, passed in 2012 and sponsored by Representative Marie Poulson, the Emergency Contact Service allows citizens to indicate to law enforcement and emergency responders up to two designated persons to contact in case they are incapacitated on the scene.

“Keeping Utah Citizens safe and protecting their needs is my top priority,” said District 46 Utah Representative, Marie Poulson. “Knowing who to contact in an emergency saves lives and provides comfort for loved ones. I was honored to sponsor such an important piece of legislation.”

Using a valid Driver License, ID Card, or Driver Permit, citizens may conveniently attach Emergency Contact information by visiting https://secure.utah.gov/emergencycontacts/ and provide the following information:

  • Last Name
  • Driver's License or ID Number and Issue Date
  • Last 4 Digits of Your Social Security Number

“We encourage all Utah citizens to register their Emergency Contact Information,” said Nannette Rolfe, Utah Department of Public Safety, Driver License Division Director. “The process is simple and the benefits are substantial.”

Under Utah Code, Emergency Contact information will only be used by law enforcement if a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident or other emergency situation and is unable to communicate with their designated contact person(s). The official Web site of the state of Utah, Utah.gov, is continually looking for ways to better serve Utah citizens and is proud to offer this valuable service.

To find out more information about Utah.gov visit:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UtahGov

Facebook: http://www.utah.gov/facebook/

RSS feeds: http://www.utah.gov/connect/feeds.html

Utah blogs: http://www.utah.gov/blogs/

About Utah.gov

Utah.gov is the entry point to over 1000 online services and benefits over 2.7 million residents in the State of Utah. Utah.gov provides citizens and businesses with more convenient options for interacting with government. Through Utah.gov, citizens can find public meetings, renew their vehicle registration, buy a hunting and fishing license, register a business, find a transparent state budget, and much more. In 2011 alone, Utah.gov received an unprecedented 17 awards making it the nation’s most honored state website.

Utah.gov is the official Web portal for the State of Utah (http://www.Utah.gov). It is managed and operated without tax funds through a public-private partnership between the state and Utah Interactive, the Salt Lake City-based official eGovernment partner for the state of Utah. Utah Interactive is part of eGovernment firm NIC’s family of companies.

About NIC

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Contacts

Utah Dept. of Public Safety
Driver License Division
Nannette Rolfe, 801-965-4437
nrolfe@utah.gov
or
Utah Interactive
Rich Olsen, 801-983-0275
General Manager
rich@utahinteractive.org

Release Summary

The state of Utah has set up a new online Emergency Contact Service as a result of H.B. 21. Citizens can log on and designate 2 emergency contacts for law enforcement to contact if an accident occurs

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Contacts

Utah Dept. of Public Safety
Driver License Division
Nannette Rolfe, 801-965-4437
nrolfe@utah.gov
or
Utah Interactive
Rich Olsen, 801-983-0275
General Manager
rich@utahinteractive.org