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Pa. Department of Transportation launches programs aimed at saving lives

November 12, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving lives in emergency situations — the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs.

“Both of these programs speak for people when they can’t speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a news release.

Participants in the “Yellow Dot” program fill out a program form with their emergency contact, medical contact and medical information, then insert it in the program’s folder and place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment. Participants place a yellow dot sticker on their vehicle’s rear window.

The sticker alerts emergency responders to check a vehicle’s glove compartment for the folder, helping emergency responders provide specific care to participants after a crash, the news release stated.

The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts. Customers can update the information as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view their information in the system.

In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use the participant’s ID to find their emergency contact information, the news release stated.

While the Yellow Dot program is utilized only in vehicle crashes, the Emergency Contact Information program is usable in other emergencies, as well as crashes.

To learn more about the Yellow Dot program, to sign up for a program folder or to find locations where program materials can be picked up, go to www.yellowdot.pa.gov.

To sign up for the Emergency Contact Information program, go to www.dmv.state.pa.us and click on the program icon.

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