Pennsylvania Yellow Dot Program

Pennsylvania's Yellow Dot Program

The Yellow Dot Program was created as a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders, and local law enforcement.  The program assists citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic crash when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves.  Placing a yellow dot on a vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check the glove compartment for vital information to ensure the occupants receive the medical attention they need.  This program will also alert police or medical personnel if there is a medical emergency on the side of the road, or during a traffic stop, where the driver cannot speak, or is acting unusual.  This program applies to anyone suffering from any condition that could cause loss of consciousness, or death, without immediate medical intervention (diabetes, epilepsy, severe allergies, etc.).

How does it work?  Participants complete a personal information form, which includes the participant’s name, contact information, emergency contact information, medical history and medications, allergies, and the participant’s doctors’ names.  A photo – showing only the participant’s head and shoulders – is then taped to the front of the completed information sheet.  This information sheet is then placed into the vehicle's glove box.  The yellow dot decal provided in the program kit is placed in the lower left corner of the participant’s vehicle’s rear windshield, mounted no higher than 3 inches from the bottom of the windshield.

The Manheim Township Police Department will have a supply of Yellow Dots available at no cost.  Please come to the police station at 1825 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to pick up at kit.  Questions about the program may be directed to Officer Natalie Littlehale at 717-569-6401 ext 1545 or littlehn@police.co.lancaster.pa.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentm@police.co.lancaster.pa.us