State Capitol Roundup

Two New Voluntary PennDOT Programs

Aim to Save Pennsylvania Lives


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has launched two new voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations.  Participation in the Yellow Dot program and the Emergency Contact Information program is free.  Participants in Yellow Dot fill out the program form with an emergency contact, medical contact and medical information; insert it in the program’s folder; and then place it in their vehicle’s glove compartment.  A yellow dot sticker affixed to the rear window alerts emergency responders to the availability of information to help them provide better care to crash victims.  The Emergency Contact Information program offers Pennsylvania driver’s license and PennDOT-issued ID holders the opportunity to log into a secure database and list two emergency contacts.  Participants can update the information as needed, but only law enforcement officials can view the information in the system.  In the event of an emergency, law enforcement can use a participant’s ID to find his or her emergency contact information.  The Yellow Dot program is used only in vehicle crashes, but the Emergency Contact Information program can be used in other emergencies as well as crashes.  For more information on the programs, visit Rep. Kerry Benninghoff’s (R-Centre/Mifflin) website at


Hunters Encouraged to Share Their Harvest

to Help Pennsylvanians in Need


Pennsylvania hunters and sportsmen are encouraged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to consider participating in the state’s Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which provides donations of venison to local food banks, soup kitchens and families in need.  Started in 1991, HSH has developed into a refined support service for organizations that assist Pennsylvanians in need.  Each year, Hunters Sharing the Harvest helps to deliver almost 200,000 meals to food banks, churches and social services feeding programs.  As part of the program, hunters are encouraged to take a deer to a participating meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat to donate to HSH.  If an individual is donating an entire deer, he or she is asked to make a $15 tax-deductible co-pay, and HSH will cover the remaining processing fees.  However, a hunter can cover the entire costs of the processing, which is also tax deductible.  To learn more about the program and obtain a list of participating meat processors and county coordinators, visit the Game Commission’s website at or go to the HSH website at  Pennsylvania’s HSH program is recognized as one of the most successful among similar programs in about 40 states.

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