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Yellow Dot program could help Hillsborough residents pass along life-saving information



TAMPA -- Hillsborough County may soon provide a new way for residents to relay important information to first responders during an emergency.

County commissioners voted Thursday to explore joining the “Yellow Dot” program, an initiative that allows drivers to alert first responders that their glove compartment holds a card with their emergency contacts or pertinent medical information by placing a yellow sticker on their rear windshield.

The sticker would signal to first responders to check for the information when they happen upon an emergency.

The state approved a measure in 2014 allowing counties to start local Yellow Dot programs. Broward County created one in 2015.

The initiative was brought to the county board by Commissioner Les Miller, who said “it can save lives in Hillsborough County.”

“The moments following those crashes are vitally important to saving someone’s life,” Miller said.

County staff will study the cost of printing 100,000 pamphlets and decal stickers that could be distributed at libraries and fire stations across Hillsborough. Commissioners are expected to vote on whether to join the program in March.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:17am]


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