IDOT unveils Yellow Dot program | News
(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation recently unveiled their Yellow Dot program that they say will provide first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for people involved in car crashes.
IDOT, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Aging and county health departments across the state are working together on the program. Participants in the program are given a simple, bright yellow decal for their car and a corresponding folder.
The decal is placed in the lower left-hand corner of the car window on the driver's side. The yellow dot means there is a folder in the glove compartment containing the following medical information about drivers: participant's name, close-up photo, emergency contact information, patient's physician information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and a list of current medications.
Having access to this information allows first responders to make important decisions regarding emergency treatment and can better prepare the emergency hospital staff in the receiving room. This "Golden Hour‟ is critical in the treatment of crash victims, and the medical information provided through the program could be a lifesaver.
“Roadway safety is always a top priority at IDOT, and the Yellow Dot program can help improve roadway safety by providing first responders the crucial medical information they need to treat injuries and save lives, beginning at the scene of a crash,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “This important program gives IDOT and our partners another important way to improve our exceptional record on traffic safety. I encourage all motorists to participate in this unique and effective program, which could make the difference between life and death for individuals involved in crashes.”
The Yellow Dot program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was originally introduced in Connecticut in 2002. For more information on the program, you can click here.
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