SANATOGA PA – A program offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that may help save lives during the first hour following a motor vehicle accident is being recommended to Lower Pottsgrove Township residents by police Chief Michael Foltz.
The department’s “Yellow Dot” program helps first responders at an emergency site identify occupants in a crashed vehicle who may require special medical assistance or services, and also provides their emergency contact information. The information is privately kept by the vehicle’s owner on forms in its glove box. Emergency crews will know to look for the forms because a Yellow Dot sticker is affixed to the vehicle’s rear windshield.
The state refers to the first hour following an accident as “the golden hour,” because that’s when responders make critical health care decisions at a crash scene. Ensuring they have adequate information about those in a vehicle can make their decisions more precise.
The program “will help our responders be more efficient in providing emergency services,” Foltz said Tuesday (May 21, 2013).
Participation in Yellow Dot is free, voluntary and entirely controlled by users, according to the department. Materials to get started with Yellow Dot are available by ordering them online, here.
The state also operates a second program, Emergency Contact Information (ECI), in which medical and emergency contact information can be appended to profiles on driver’s licenses. They could be accessed electronically only by law enforcers or other authorized personnel. Information to activate ECI is available here.
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