‘Yellow Dot Program’ Bill Providing First Responders With Critical Info At Crash Scene, Advances

Legislation Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman sponsored to create a “Yellow Dot Program” in New Jersey was recently released from the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The bill would establish a “Yellow Dot Program” within the state Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). The program would provide first responders with critical health information about drivers who elect to participate, so that the on-scene medical help can better tailor their treatments when the patients are unable to speak or are otherwise unresponsive.

“The first minutes following a life-threatening car accident are crucial, doubly so when the crash involves someone with unique medical needs,” said Watson Coleman (D-Mercer). “Having a standard notification system – a yellow dot – that alerts first responders to critical medical information about the accident victims can spell the difference between life and death.”

Under the bill, program participants would be given a yellow decal, to be placed on the rear driver side rear window; a health information card that would contain a recent photo of the participant, the participant’s name, emergency contact information, physicians’ names and contact information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies, medications and any other medically relevant information; a yellow storage envelope, to be placed in the participant’s glove box; and any program instructions.

Interested parties would be able to obtain program materials from a MVC facility, a municipal police department or a State Police station. The MVC would be allowed to charge a nominal fee to applicants to cover the cost of the program materials and implementation.

“Treating victims at the scene of an accident can be difficult because their medical history and medication conflicts are not known to first responders on the scene,” said Watson Coleman. “Creating a notification system to alert EMTs and paramedics that the information is available on scene saves valuable time that would otherwise have to be used chasing down a victim’s medical history.”

The bill now heads to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if and when to post it for a floor vote. TLS.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t understand this… Can someone explain how this “YELLOW DOT” works… Does it stop crashes, injuries… Then what?

    Please explain

    -Explain

  2. Most times if the driver is unresponsive and unable to give info to first responders that driver side window is shattered so what would a sticker help ? Also this is the begining , soon it will be mandatory and you will have to give your info to the dmv, dont like it. the ideas coming from there are usualy lame .

  3. Its only lame if it doesnt apply to you. For those of us on regular medications or with severe allergies, this type of information could save the life of the person involved.

  4. We have medical alert tags for that. This is nothing more then more gov jobs and money to political parties. Every individual that want to carry such info in their wallet next to a driver license which gets automatically checked by the officer on scene if a individual is unresponsive and will find it and pass on info to first responders. Happens all the time but only when it’s someone that actually cares about his well being most people with 100 meds don’t carry even a med list .. Even if they are responsive they still have no clue which meds they are taking. Don’t like it at all.

  5. Medical alert tags are not always specific to the issues pertaining to treatments of a trauma patient. I carry a meds list in my purse, along with a blood type card. Just because my purse is usually with me does not mean it will be easily located after a MVA. This regulates where to look for this information. Like I mentioned before, its only lame if it does not apply to you.

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