Joliet police support Yellow Dot program
By BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2012 10:16PM
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:16AM
JOLIET — Honk. Crash. Dot. Dot. Dot.
Police want drivers to be aware of a new program to provide better medical history to paramedics and doctors in the event of a crash.
The Illinois Department of Transportation has developed the Yellow Dot program and Chief Mike Trafton said the police department was eager to support it.
“It’s a good program for everybody. Not just seniors, but any kids in the car who might have allergies or be on medication,” Trafton said.
“When you’re involved in a traffic crash every second counts.”
Placing a bright yellow sticker on the lower rear window signifies there is an information folder in the glove compartment. The form has space for name and a photo, but also asks about blood type, allergies, diabetes, pacemakers, surgeries, medications and emergency contact information.
“Having access to this information allows first responders to make important decisions regarding emergency treatment and can better prepare hospital staff,” IDOT said.
The program is free, and packets, which contain the sticker, folder and instructions can be picked up at the front desk of the police department, 150 W. Washington St., or by visiting www.yellowdotillinois.com.