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Christine Olson continues push for emergency notification after daughter Tiffany's crash

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BRADENTON, Florida -- It's been nearly eight years since the head-on crash that took the life of Christine Olson's 22-year-old daughter Tiffany.

"Every day I miss her, every single day," said Olson who was devastated to learn it took law enforcement more than six hours to notify her after her daughter's crash.

"Did she every cry for her mother? Did she ever lay there on the road and cry for her mother... and her mother was in bed. I didn't even have a clue."

Since that night, Christine has been working with state lawmakers to create an emergency notification program.

"We took it to the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and they said, 'Why haven't we done this? We are doing it immediately.'"

Named after her daughter, the TIFF (To Inform Families First) program links emergency contact numbers to information embedded on Florida Driver's Licenses and can only be accessed by law enforcement. Since its inception, nearly eight million Floridians have signed up, but that's still only about half of all drivers across the state.

"I get very frustrated because I tell this story, the importance of it and people just don't get it," said Olson.

With the anniversary of her daughter's passing approaching, Christine continues her push to educate families. She says it's no longer about the loss of her daughter, but instead ensuring EVERY Florida family has contact information on file for law enforcement to use in case of an emergency.

"My main goal is to make sure what happened to me never happens again."

For more information on Florida's Emergency Notification program, visit the TIFF website here.

Anyone with a Florida's Drivers License or State I.D. can go directly to the Florida emergency notification page and provide emergency contacts here.

Beau Zimmer, 10 News

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