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BMV Will Soon Collect Emergency Contact Information From Hoosiers
Updated June 14, 2017 1:48 PM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will soon have to create and maintain an emergency contact database for Hoosiers, making it easier for law enforcement to reach an accident victim's loved ones.

Under House Enrolled Act 1084, the BMV has until July 1, 2019 to create the contact database. Then, in the event of an accident, law enforcement would be required to make a good faith attempt to reach the contacts of anyone who died or suffered a life-threatening injury within a "reasonable "amount of time.

As it is now, when there is an accident, police and other emergency responders can have a difficult time reaching the loved one of a person injured in an accident. The bill would help fill the large gap of time it currently takes for a Hoosier to get notified.

The BMV is ready to tackle the challenge of creating and maintaining the database.

"We're working hard every day and changes are constantly made every year, so I think we will be ok," said Sarah Bonick, the BMV's director of internal communications, adding it should be an easy transition. "We have the staff to be able to handle these new changes and a couple of years to get ready for it."

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