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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1547         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1709

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act promoting road safety.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Robert L. Hedlund

Plymouth and Norfolk


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1547        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1709

By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1709) of Bruce E. Tarr, Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and Robert L. Hedlund for legislaton to promote road safety.  Transportation. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act promoting road safety.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. The Registrar of Motor Vehicles shall initiate a voluntary program allowing interested individuals to obtain from the Registry a yellow dot window decal for placement on their motor vehicle and a yellow dot folder for placement in the glove compartment of the motor vehicle. Program participation shall be limited to individuals 62 years of age or over and to individuals with a chronic illness.

              The purpose of the yellow dot program is to assist participants by making critical health information readily available to emergency medical responders and law enforcement personnel in the event of a motor vehicle accident, a medical emergency, or any other interaction involving emergency medical responders or law enforcement personnel.

              Participants shall affix the yellow dot window decal on the operator’s side of the motor vehicle’s rear window in the lower corner. The purpose of the decal is to alert emergency medical responders or law enforcement personnel and notify them to search the glove compartment of the motor vehicle for the corresponding yellow dot folder, which shall include the participant’s health information.

              The purpose of the information in the folder is to assist emergency medical responders and law enforcement personnel in positively identifying the participant, communicating with the participant’s family or emergency contacts, and ensuring that the participant’s current medications and preexisting medical conditions are considered when treatment is administered for any injury the participant suffers in a motor vehicle accident; when treatment is administered for any other medical emergency; or when any other interaction involving emergency medical responders or law enforcement personnel occurs.

              SECTION 2. In designing the yellow dot program materials, the Registrar, in consultation with the department of public health and the executive office of elder affairs, shall give consideration to the program materials used by similar programs in other states in order to maximize uniformity. Program materials shall include, but need not be limited to:

              (1) a yellow decal of a size and design to be determined by the Registrar which will be affixed to the rear driver’s side window of the program participant’s vehicle;

              (2) a health information card which provides space for a program participant to attach a recent photograph and indicate the participant’s name, emergency contact information, physicians’ names and contact information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies, medications, and any other information the Registrar shall deem to be relevant information to emergency responders in the case of emergency;

              (3) a yellow envelope of a size and design to be determined by the Registrar into which the health information card established pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subsection is to be inserted and then placed in the program participant’s glove compartment; and

              (4) a program instruction sheet including a toll free hotline phone number and electronic mail address , established by the Registrar, to assist individuals who have questions about the program or require assistance in completing the health information card.

              SECTION 3. A fee may be charged for the issuance of the yellow dot window decal and yellow dot folder. The fee shall be sufficient to cover the costs associated with the program and is in addition to the regular vehicle license fee and any other fees and taxes required to be paid upon registration of the motor vehicle.

              SECTION4. The Registrar shall adopt such rules governing the “yellow dot” program as may be necessary to implement and administer the program, and shall undertake a public information campaign to raise awareness of the program.

              SECTION 5. No emergency responder shall be liable for any civil damages as a result of any acts or omissions undertaken in response to incomplete, incorrect, or outdated information provided on any health information card if the responder acted in good faith in rendering care at the scene of a motor vehicle accident or emergency to a program participant.

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