Directs the commissioner of motor vehicles to establish a yellow dot program under which the medical and emergency contact information of the occupants, aged 55 or older, of a motor vehicle is available to emergency personnel in the glove compartment.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing a yellow dot program for persons fifty-five years of age or older
PURPOSE: Directs the commissioner of motor vehicles to establish a yellow dot program under which vehicle occupants' medical information is available in the glove compartment.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends section 200 of the vehicle and traffic law by adding a new subdivision three.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation allows the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to create a "Yellow Dot" program that would alert first responders about a driver's medical condition, facilitating treatment and helping more victims of crashes survive. This program is designed to help victims during the first sixty minutes after a crash, an hour that can make all the difference between life and death. A yellow dot fixed to the driver side rear window of a vehicle would notify emergency personnel of a folder in the glove compartment, alerting them to important information the victim might be unable to communicate at the time. This program is already present in numerous states including Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Virginia, Connecticut, and Alabama.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, provided that, effective immediately, any action necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6333 IN SENATE January 27, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to establishing a yellow dot program for persons fifty-five years of age or older THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 200 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows: 3. (A) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ESTABLISH A YELLOW DOT PROGRAM FOR OPER- ATORS AND PASSENGERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES WHO ARE FIFTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF A YELLOW DOT DECAL, OR MEDICAL INFORMATION AND EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM, AND A DURABLE YELLOW ENVELOPE FOR SUCH FORM. THE PLACEMENT OF THE YELLOW DOT DECAL ON THE LOWER LEFT CORNER OF THE REAR WINDOW OF A MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL INDI- CATE TO EMERGENCY PERSONNEL THAT THE MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE OCCUPANTS OF SUCH VEHICLE MAY BE LOCATED IN A YELLOW ENVELOPE IN THE VEHICLE'S GLOVE COMPARTMENT. (B) THE COMMISSIONER, IN COOPERATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL ESTABLISH AND DISTRIBUTE THE MEDICAL AND EMERGENCY CONTACT INFOR- MATION FORM TO BE USED FOR THE YELLOW DOT PROGRAM. (C) THE COMMISSIONER SHALL MAKE YELLOW DOT PROGRAM MATERIALS AVAILABLE BY MAIL AND AT EVERY STATE AND COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE OFFICE. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law, provided that, effective immediately, any action necessary to implement the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be completed on or before such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13323-01-1