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Driver's License Changes

Proposed driver's license changes

A common piece of identification is a driver's license.  Beneficial additions should be made to the drivers's license that could save lives:

1. Indicate license holder's blood type.  This would aid in a worse case scenario of minimizing shock and aiding the medical community.

2. Indicate any severe allergies or medicines taken regularly.  Examples of this are allergies to drugs like penicillin or being on blood thinners.  This information would help clarify treatment protocols. 

I implore our local representatives to the state house and senate to submit this as proposed legislation.  This information must be voluntary.  The current Massachusetts license has a spot indicating if you are an organ donor in the lower right.  There is no reason, within reasonable software costs, similar spots couldn't be used to indicate the proposed information.

Given recent news about 'data mining', concerns about identification on the driver's license being abused is moot, since the horse has left the barn when the barn door were left open. 

Remember the Commonwealth will not inform you if your license is approaching the renewal date.  Check your license.  Also, get a state issued license number in lieu of your Social Security number.  

As a final note, for those of us who remember where we were when we heard JFK was assassinated, which will generate print space as we approach the 50th 'anniversary',  we can only laugh at the privacy concerns as our issued Social Security cards indicate 'Not for Identification' and the same number is used for Medicare accounts.  If Congress was serious about privacy issues, it would take immediate action on the number used to identify Medicare accounts.

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Paul Tress June 24, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I agree organ donations should be discussed. In general, I am surprised at the number of people who don't have designated power of attorney and living wills, let alone the number of people who have children and don't have a general will. As for your identification comment, I agree, and this is the reason it should be voluntary and not compulsory on a license.
Paul Tress June 25, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Thanks for indicating the options to make this information available. I was not aware that EMTs look for such information and the USB devices.
Virginia Chadbourne June 25, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Sorry about the repetition - Patch said my first comment was rejected - I assumed because it was too long (I do get wordy...) so I re-entered the important stuff in a more brief form.
Paul Tress June 25, 2013 at 06:04 PM
No problem. Thanks for the comments.
Anna Bucciarelli October 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Blood type, maybe OK ... allergies too. Medications? I'm not sure. But like Virginia, I have that all recorded on a card I carry in my wallet and hope that if the need arises it will serve. BTW, Paul and others, we will again (thank the Lord) be advised via mail when our licenses are due to expire. Guess it caused so many to forgo renewing on time (ME), it was decided by Maryann Caprillian to reinstitute the mail advisory.

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