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State's Emergency Contact Information program reaches milestone

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MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The state's Emergency Contact Information system has now surpassed the 10 million mark. That's an average of more than a million new registrants per year since the program was created in 2006.

"I just can't believe what started on the yellow legal pad is now 10 million," says Christine Olson, president of the non-profit To Inform Families First, also known as TIFF.

Olson came up with the idea for this program, after her daughter Tiffiany was killed in a crash on U.S. 19 in Manatee County.

Christine was not contacted for 6 hours after the accident, because

Tiffiany's contact information was not readily available to the officers at the scene.

"Because she was on a motorcycle and she didn't have her purse with her, she had her driver's license in her back pocket. I came up with the idea of putting the emergency contact information in the driver's license," says Olson.

The program, which started with Olson's non-profit, "TIFF", allows authorities to contact a relative or friend in case of an emergency by simply scanning your driver's license, if you have registered online.

"It's 10 million families (that) will never experience the national average of 6 hours before being notified. That's an average; it's 6 hours," says Olson.

Nearly 10 years since the start of the program, she says the success of the program in the state of Florida, displays the hope in Tiffiany's legacy.

"My mission as a parent as a mother is to make sure what happens to me never happens again. We have to change it," says Olson.

Still more than 5 million licensed drivers in the state of Florida have not registered their contact information with Florida Highway Patrol and Motor Vehicles. To register visit the state website or the TIFF site.