THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY DePASQUALE, FARRY, BRENNAN, CALTAGIRONE, DALEY, FABRIZIO, FLECK, GEIST, GEORGE, HALUSKA, HARKINS, HENNESSEY, JOSEPHS, KULA, McGEEHAN, MILLARD, MILLER, MIRABITO, MUNDY, MURT, STURLA, SWANGER, THOMAS AND YOUNGBLOOD, DECEMBER 20, 2011
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION, DECEMBER 20, 2011
Amending Title 75 (Vehicles) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
Statutes, further providing for issuance and content of
driver's license; and providing for emergency contact
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1510(d) of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania
Consolidated Statutes is amended to read:
§ 1510. Issuance and content of driver's license.
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(d) Medical history record.--Any person may attach to the
reverse side of his driver's license or identification card
information relating to his personal medical history. In
addition, any person may add medical information to the person's
driving record via the department's emergency contact database
established in section 1518.1 (relating to emergency contact
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Section 2. Title 75 is amended by adding a section to read:
§ 1518.1. Emergency contact database.
(a) Emergency contacts.--The department shall establish a
database of emergency contacts of persons who are issued a
driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary
instruction permit or identification card. Information in the
database shall be accessible only to employees of the bureau and
to criminal justice agencies and is not public record pursuant
to Chapter 61 (relating to powers of department and local
(b) Information.--An individual holding a driver's license,
commercial driver's license, temporary instruction permit or
identification card shall be afforded the opportunity to list
the name, address, telephone number and relationship to the
individual of at least one, but not to exceed three, contact
persons whom the individual wishes to be contacted if the
individual is involved in a motor vehicle accident or emergency
situation and the individual dies, is seriously injured or is
rendered unconscious and is unable to communicate with the
contact person. The contact person may or may not be the next of
kin of the applicant, except that if the applicant is under 18
years of age and is not emancipated, the contact person shall
include the parent, guardian or custodian of the applicant.
(c) Duties of department.--The department shall adopt rules
to implement this section. The rules shall address both of the
(1) The methods whereby a person who has submitted the
name of a contact person for inclusion in the database may
make changes to that entry.
(2) Any other aspect of the database or its operation
that the department determines necessary in order to
implement this section.
(d) Notification.--In the event of a motor vehicle accident
or emergency situation in which a person dies, is seriously
injured or is rendered unconscious and is unable to communicate
with the contact person specified in the database, an employee
of a criminal justice agency shall make a good faith effort to
notify the contact person of the situation, but the department,
the employee or the criminal justice agency that employs that
employee shall not incur any liability if the employee is not
able to make contact with the contact person.
(e) Rules and regulations.--The department shall adopt rules
and regulations establishing the emergency contact database and
the database shall be operational not later than 180 days after
the effective date of this section.
Section 3. This act shall take effect in 60 days.