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Yellow dot sticker could save lives

August 15, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Today, information is everywhere. Having the most accurate and up-to-date information is important when assessing any situation; when it involves an emergency, it can be critical to the outcome.

Recently, the the West Virginia Governor's Highway Safety Program initiated the Yellow Dot Program to assist emergency responders in caring for car accident victims. The yellow dot sticker placed on the rear windshield of a vehicle lets responders know they should check the vehicle's glove box for medical information pertaining to the driver and/or passengers. This can include blood type, medical condition or allergies to medications, among other listings. It also can tell responders who to contact if the victim unconscious.

The program is free and fairly easy to join at any local Division of Motor Vehicles office. Most importantly, it could save someone's life. We don't know who came up with the idea, but the concept is so practical that apparently others have tried to copy it.

Georgia Hatfield, program coordinator for the Governor's Highway Safety Program, told members of the Buckhannon Rotary last week that some "non-certified agencies" are attempting to charge people to sign up for the program. She cautioned against spending money for a service that is offered by the state government for free.

We agree with Hatfield and encourage everyone to enroll in the program at their local Division of Motor Vehicles office.



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