TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Richard J. Codey (D-Essex, Morris) that calls for the creation of a “Yellow Dot Program” that would assist motorists and emergency responders at the scene of motor vehicle accidents cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.
“When an accident occurs, every second is critical. Victims may not have the ability to inform emergency care workers of any medical conditions they have. The ‘Yellow Dot Program’ can help fix this. The sticker would let emergency responders know where to check for information that could be vital to people’s health, even survival, while saving considerable time,” said Codey.
The legislation, S-71, would give motorists of any age the option of placing a yellow sticker on their vehicles in order to notify emergency responders that critical health information is available in the glove compartment in case the driver is unable to communicate during an emergency. Information would include such things as medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, and high or low blood pressure, as well as any medications, hospital preferences and emergency contact information.
“Various other states have implemented this kind of program and New Jersey should be next on the list. It is a smart, safe way to ensure people get the health services they need in the event of an accident,” said Codey.
The bill now heads to the full Senate.