Broward County Commissioners are considering the implementation of the Yellow Dot Motorist Medical Information Program (Yellow Dot Program). A public hearing has been set for April 28, 2015 at 2PM at 115 S. Andrews Ave, Room 422 in Fort Lauderdale.
“I think if it’s implemented fully and it’s supported by the Board, it could save lives and I think could be a wonderful program throughout the county and it would be wonderful to have the cities participate as well,” said Vice Mayor Martin David Kiar who brought to program forward.
The Yellow Dot Program is a nationwide initiative designed to provide volunteer participants with a yellow dot sticker to be placed in the rear window of participants’ vehicles. The sticker informs emergency medical responders that additional, critical medical information about the motorist may be found in a yellow folder inside the vehicle’s glove compartment. The yellow folder is to include the injured motorist’s emergency contact and medical information. The program is free and voluntary.
Counties adopting the program are required to develop guidelines and procedures to ensure that any information that is confidential is not made public through the program. The initial cost of the program in Broward County is estimated at $30,000 for the first 100,000 decals. Sponsorships may help to cover the costs of the program if legally permitted under the Broward County Code of Ethics.
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