Gov. Rick Snyder today signed into law a measure allowing for the addition of emergency contact information to drivers licenses and state identification cards.
Introduced by Rep. Peter Lucido, House Bills 4459 and 4460, now Public Acts 4 and 5 of 2016, allow the Secretary of State to embed machine-readable emergency contact information in drivers licenses and identification cards. This will assist first responders in quickly determining the point of contact in the event of an accident.
“This is a simple, yet necessary update to Michigan law,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Whenever technological advancements will help improve the safety and security of Michigan residents, implement it legislatively, and that’s what we did with this bill.”
Rep. Lucido teamed up with other legislators and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to help make this legislation a reality.
“This is a common-sense move to help protect Michigan residents’ safety while ensuring their personal information is secure,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said. “We’re happy to partner with Rep. Lucido and other legislators to provide a service that could help emergency responders and law enforcement provide what could mean critical care.”
Public Acts 4 and 5 of 2016 will be implemented Jan. 1, 2017.