Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February
Full Senate Approves Emergency Contact Bill
A bill to ensure law enforcement can contact next of kin in case of
an accident or emergency has been approved by the Oklahoma State Senate.
Sen. Sean Burrage is the principal author of Senate Bill 1779, which was
approved unanimously on Tuesday.
“Under this legislation, anyone applying for a driver license or
identification card or renewing their license or ID would have the option
of providing an emergency contact person. The Department of Public Safety
would maintain that database,” said Burrage, D-Claremore. “I
want to stress participation would be strictly optional.”
Burrage decided to file the legislation after a friend contacted him after
the death of a relative in a car accident.
“The victim died in the middle of the night, but police could not
find an emergency contact name or number. They literally had to break
into his apartment to get the name and number of someone to call. By then
it was 12 hours after the victim had died,” Burrage said. “This
legislation would simply give people who want to participate in this program
the opportunity to provide contact information to be used in the case
of a true emergency.”
Burrage’s bill will now move to the House of Representatives for
committee assignment and consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Burrage: 405-521-5555