New PA Yellow Dot Program
December 20, 2018
Pennsylvania citizens now have the option to participate in the Yellow Dot program. By placing a yellow dot decal in their vehicles’ rear window, participants notify first responders that they have special medical needs. First responders can then check the vehicles’ glove compartment for vital, emergency contact, medical history and allergy information.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is responsible for the oversight of programs and policies that affect highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports and waterways. PennDOT created the PA Yellow Dot program together with the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders and local law enforcement.
Why Was the PA Yellow Dot Program Created?
The program was created to reduce injuries and fatalities resulting from traffic crashes. PennDOT reports that in 2016 alone, there were 1,188 traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), more than 37,461 people died that same year in traffic accidents across the U.S. Common car accident injuries include:
- Head injuries – High-speed collisions can cause a driver or passenger to hit their head against the steering wheel and other parts of the vehicle. This can lead to injuries ranging from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury.
- Neck, back and chest injuries – Rapid back-and-forth movement can cause a driver or passenger to experience whiplash, an injury that causes damage to the soft tissues of the neck and upper back. Collisions may also cause a victim to suffer broken ribs and other internal chest injuries.
- Arm and leg injuries – Side impact collisions can cause a person to be flung against the car door, leaving little room for movement. Occupants’ arms or legs may be bruised, sprained or even broken.
- Scrapes and cuts – Upon impact, loose objects become airborne projectiles that may injure those inside the vehicle. These objects may cause victims to suffer cuts and scrapes of varying severity.
The time shortly following a traffic crash is referred to as the “golden hour”. During this time, there is the highest likelihood that emergency care will save a car accident victim’s life. The PA Yellow Dot program helps to ensure that those who are not able to communicate during this crucial period receive the medical attention they need.
How to Participate in the PA Yellow Dot Program
Pennsylvania citizens can participate by completing a personal information form, which can be requested online. Upon receiving the form in the mail, participants must fill in the requested emergency contact, medical history, medication, allergy and doctor information. The form, along with a head shot photo, should be placed in participant’s vehicle glove compartment and the Yellow Dot decal should be placed no higher than three inches from the lower left corner of the vehicle’s rear window.
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