The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has launched a website designed to allow Pennsylvania driver’s license and identification (ID) holders the opportunity to easily and immediately upload their emergency contact information to an online database accessible only to law enforcement and emergency personnel.
The system was developed to ultimately save lives by cutting down on the time needed to locate an emergency contact for individuals involved in situations that render themselves unable to communicate.
The process begins when a user visits www.dmv.state.pa.us and clicks on the Emergency Contact Information button. Customers will log-in using a secure process that requires the entry of their PA License or ID number; the last four digits of their social security number and their date of birth, users will be taken to a secure page where they can add up to two emergency contacts. The information can be changed by the customer at any time by reentering the secure site. Access to the information is available only to law enforcement through a secure law enforcement connection to the system.
Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.
The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Responders and local law enforcement.
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