Florida bill would aid road safety program

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 12/5/2013

Yellow stickers affixed to vehicle windows could soon become common in parts of Florida.

Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Palm Beach, filed a bill for the 2014 regular session that would provide emergency responders with access to critical medical information in the moments following vehicle wrecks.

Counties would be authorized to seek funding and grants to set up a yellow dot decal program to help ensure proper medical treatment in situations where wreck victims may not be able to speak or are otherwise unresponsive.

Participation in the program would be voluntary and free.

Similar opt-in programs are available in more than 20 states, including Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania.

The Florida program would provide emergency responders with critical health information for drivers who sign up for the program.

Program materials would include a yellow decal for the window, a health information card, a yellow envelope and program instructions.

Supporters say that the first moments following a serious wreck are crucial, especially when someone has unique medical needs.

Abruzzo’s bill – SB262 – and the House version – H17 – can be considered during the session that begins in March 2014.

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