August 10, 2012 By News Staff
Utah launched a new emergency contact service after passing a bill earlier this year. The service allows Utonians to designate emergency contacts that police and others can contact in the event of a car accident or other emergency in which the person is rendered unconscious.
“Keeping Utah citizens safe and protecting their needs is my top priority,” Utah Rep. Marie Poulson said, reported Business Wire. “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.”
The information is only to be used by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the event of an emergency in which the person is unable to communicate. Passage of the law that created this system followed concerns surrounding the high number of car accidents that occur annually. In 2009, 244 people were killed in Utah in car accidents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Information required for signing up includes the applicant's last name, a driver's license number and issue date, and the last four digits of a Social Security number. Utonians interested in signing up for the service can do so on the Utah Department of Public Safety website.
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