senate Bill S539
(D) 34th Senate District
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Establishes a pilot program directing the department of motor vehicles to establish a confidential database of the emergency medical information of drivers who elect to participate; such information would only be provided to emergency medical personnel when a participant was in need of care.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to authorizing
forms of licenses to include blood types
To provide persons holding New York State Driver's Licenses with the
opportunity to have blood type information included on the driver's
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The bill would amend §504 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law to authorize
the form of a driver's license to include adequate space for a
licensee's blood type to be recorded, if the licensee so chooses. It
also authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles
to consult with the Commissioner of the Department of Health on the
inclusion of such blood type information.
No provision currently exists for inclusion of a licensee's blood type
upon a New York State Driver's License.
Time is of the essence when emergency medical staff are treating
injuries of accident victims. One way to save valuable time is to
ensure that a person's blood type is known to rescuers and medical
personnel as soon as possible. The ABO blood group system, discovered
in 1901, contains 4 blood types: A,B,AB and O. The Rh, or rhysus,
system classifies blood into Rh-positive and Rh-negative categories.
ABO incompatibilities are the major cause of fatal transfusion
reactions; Rh antibodies develop as an adverse response after
transfusion. Typing and cross matching blood ensures a safe match,
but takes time and effort that may not be spared in an active life
saving situation. Type 0, which is 'universal donor blood', may often
be used, but is typically in very short supply.
with over 2 million traffic accidents annually and many other
incidents, accidents and rescue situations occurring regularly,
providing quick access to blood type information ensures delivery of
swift and effective aid.
2002 - A.9463 - Referred to Transportation
2004 - A.3197 - Referred to Transportation
2006 - S.3293 - Referred to Transportation
2008 - S.2233 - Referred to Transportation
2010 - S.1830 - Referred to Transportation
Minimal cost to DMV of including a space on licenses for blood type
365 days after enactment, with the DMV Commissioner authorized to
promulgate necessary rules and regulations immediately.
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