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Yellow Dot program can help after a traffic accident


State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said there’s a state Transportation Department program aimed at providing help immediately following a traffic accident.

“It’s called the Yellow Dot Program and that’s because it’s designed to help during the ‘golden hour’ following a traumatic injury when there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death,” Rep. Readshaw said. “A yellow dot sticker is placed on the vehicle’s rear window to let emergency personnel know that emergency and medical information is available in the vehicle’s glove box.”

Under the program, participants fill out a form with their emergency contact information, medical history and medical contact information. The information, along with the participant’s photo, is placed in the vehicle’s glove department, while a yellow dot sticker is placed on the vehicle’s rear window. The sticker is what alerts first responders to check the vehicle’s glove compartment for the participant’s information.

The initiative was established in 2012 and is a coordinated effort among the state Aging, Health and Transportation departments; the Pennsylvania State Police; the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; first responders; and local law enforcement agencies.

Rep. Readshaw said for more information or to obtain Yellow Dot materials, residents can call his office at 412-881-4208 and he’ll send out the information. Information is also available on his webpage,, or by visiting


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