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PennDOT Aims To Save Lives With 2 New Programs

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An example of the yellow sticker Pennsylvania drivers can place in windows, alerting emergency personnel that there is medical info about them in the glove compartment. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

An example of the yellow sticker Pennsylvania drivers can place in windows, alerting emergency personnel that there is medical info about them in the glove compartment. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — PennDOT is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving lives in emergency situations.

One program is called the Yellow Dot program. Governor Corbett says people with pre-existing medical conditions that first responders might need to know in the event of a crash or other emergency will now be able to place a yellow dot sticker on the rear window of their vehicle.

“This alerts the responders who arrive on the scene to look in the glove compartment to see a yellow folder that will be there containing a brief medical history and other vital information.”

PennDOT is launching a second effort called the Emergency Contact Information program.

“At the same time as we’re launching Yellow Dot, PennDOT is launching a web-based service that allows drivers to easily and immediately upload their emergency contact information on a secure, on-line database.”

Only law enforcement will be able to access the web-based information, and the program can be used for any emergency, not just ones involving vehicles.

Click here for more information on the Yellow Dot program.

Click here for more information on the Emergency Contact Information program.

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