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Got the Yellow Dot? It Could Save Your Life, Police Say

The Joliet Police Department is joining forces with IDOT on the new Yellow Dot Program, which tells emergency officials your medical history if you're incapacitated in a crash.

The city of Joliet issued this news release about the Yellow Dot Program:

The Joliet Police Department will be partnering with the Illinois Department of
Transportation to help increase awareness of a new initiative – the Yellow Dot
Program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently unveiled the Illinois Yellow Dot
Program
which is a life-saving, traffic safety initiative that provides first responders
with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle
crashes.

Yellow Dot participants are supplied with a simple, bright yellow decal for their car
and a corresponding yellow information folder. The decal is placed in the lower lefthand corner of the rear window on the driver’s side. The yellow dot signifies there is a yellow information folder in the glove compartment containing the following information about the motorist - 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 emergency hospital staff in the receiving room, officials said.

According to Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton, “When you’re involved in a traffic
crash, every second counts. Participating in the Yellow Dot Program could save your life.”

If you are interested in participating in this free program, you can pick-up Yellow Dot Packets at the Joliet Police Department Front Desk at 150 West Washington Street, Joliet or by visiting www.yellowdotillinois.com.

Missy Goodman September 24, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Correct web address is: http://www.yellowdotillinois.org
Missy Goodman September 24, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hit submit before finishing... I think this is a great idea. I am sure that down the line, it will be very helpful if it's ever needed. I will look into getting one for my vehicle so that, heaven forbid, if anything were to happen, I will know that I will be taken care of.
Tracy September 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
They should make one for a family member with medical conditions as well. If the driver is unconscious, and there is a young passenger with a medical condition, it would be beneficial for that person to have their medical information available as well.
Lsingersongs September 24, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I agree that this is a great idea! Can a DNR be included in the folder and then honored by first responders?
Renee Wynne September 24, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Good point about the DNR wishes! So important to know and could avoid alot of unnecessary suffering.

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