By: Sharon Aron Baron
Broward County has a new program that may help save you or a loved ones life. A Yellow Dot decal, displayed on your car’s rear windshield, or in a clearly visible location on your motorcycle alerts emergency responders to look for this Yellow Dot pamphlet in your car’s glove compartment or a compartment attached to your motorcycle, helping emergency responders decide how to treat you if you are unable to communicate effectively following an accident.
Sponsored by Broward County Mayor Martin Kiar who presented it to the commission, who in turn adopted and funded the first 100,000 decals and pamphlets.
The information you provide on the pamphlet is intended to be disclosed only to law enforcement, emergency responders and other medical personnel for the purposes of: Positively identifying you, determining whether you have a medical condition that might impede your communication, and ensuring that your current medications and pre-existing medical conditions are considered when treating you.
This program is free of charge to all residents and, there is no registration process. Just pick up the pamphlet at one of the distribution centers, fill it out and place in your glove compartment, and affix the decal to the lower left-hand corner of your car’s rear windshield or in a clearly visible location on your motorcycle.
Distribution centers are located all over the county and will be available starting February 1, 2016. Decals will be available soon at Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. Distribution Locations for the Yellow Dot Program
Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.