Pa. launches website for drivers to upload emergency info
DOT program will tie emergency contact info to driver's license; will allow police to get critical info when it's needed the most
By Margaret Harding
MOUNT LEBANON, Penn. — When paramedic Josh Stuart learned of an online method for police officers to quickly track down his loved ones in an emergency, he didn’t think twice about signing up. “I’m a firm believer that any information is better than none at all,” said Stuart, a paramedic with Medical Rescue Team South Authority, based in Mt. Lebanon, who has more than 20 years of experience.
“I’ve been on too many cases where even public safety people thought they’ll know me, they’ll know enough about me. But we keep some things to ourselves. It’s good to have an additional route.”
This month, PennDOT started a program that allows drivers to upload emergency contact information to a database that police can access. About 700 people statewide have added their information since the service started Nov. 9, PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight said.
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