If you haven’t updated your emergency contact information linked to your driver’s license, this story might change your mind.
That’s because if a terrible accident happens, it could make a huge difference for the people you love most.
Christine Olson of Bradenton vividly remembers that night in December of 2005 when she got word that her daughter was killed in a motorcycle crash in Palmetto. “I’m like, ‘not Tiffany, not my girl’,” Olson recalled.
It was many hours after the crash that Olson learned her daughter had died.
Tiffany had a driver’s license with her and officers went to her home, but no one was there. They had no way to quickly get in touch with her family.
Olson later learned that the national average wait time after someone is hurt or killed in a crash is six hours.
Olson did not want others to experience delays finding out when their loved ones are injured or killed in an accident, so she started a website called TIFF, which is an acronym for “To Inform Families First.”
Those who sign up are directed to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website where they can put in the names of two emergency contacts.
Six states are already on board with others soon following. So far, more than 13 million people have signed up.
”The purpose and passion, everything I’m about, is to make sure what happened to me doesn’t happen again, so it doesn’t happen to you,” said Olson.
Her daughter’s legacy lives on, one sign up at a time.
“One day I’ll see my daughter again, you know. And I trust in that.”