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State to participate in Yellow Dot emergency care program for motorists

Alerts emergency responders about medical information

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the launch of Kentucky’s Yellow Dot program, designed to improve emergency care to motorists involved in a vehicle crash.

YellowDot_logo-colorThe “dot”—a circular yellow sticker on the lower left corner of the driver’s side rear window—alerts emergency responders that a pamphlet with identification and medical information about the motorist is in the glove box. Smaller yellow stickers are available for placement on motorcycle license plates.

“We are always looking for ways to improve safety on Kentucky roadways, and the Yellow Dot program could truly be a lifesaver,” said Beshear. “If a motorist is unconscious after a crash, every minute matters, and I believe this program could mean the difference between life and death.”

The pamphlet includes the participant’s name, photo, medical conditions, recent surgeries, current medications, allergies, physical information and emergency contact information.

Kentucky’s program will be administered through the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). The Yellow Dot program originated in Connecticut in 2002 and now has spread to 15 other states.

“This program is growing nationwide,” said Beshear. “Not only will it help our residents, but with major interstates bringing out-of-state travelers through the commonwealth every day, we knew Kentucky needed to be on board.”

Yellow Dot users are encouraged to periodically review and update their pamphlet.

Funding for the Yellow Dot program in Kentucky is provided by a grant through the Federal Highway Safety Administration.

Email [email protected] to request a packet or pick up a packet at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) central office, any KYTC district office or Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post. Packets are also available at various hospitals throughout the state.