December 15, 2011 - In the moments directly following a crash, seconds count. The best chance for survival following a traumatic injury occurs when those injured are seen and treated within an hour.
Effective in late November, the Illinois Department of Transportation launched a program available to motorists alerting first responders of the driver's (or passenger's) medical condition. The Illinois Yellow Dot Program is a simple booklet that the driver fills out and puts in the glove box of their car. A yellow dot decal is put in the back window (on the driver's side), which will alert the responders to check the glove box for important medical information.
Listed in the booklet will be a photograph of the person with the medical condition, their personal information, primary physical state, recent surgeries, or other alerts.
These packages are currently being distributed statewide through the county health department. For Lake County, the location is the Lake County Health Department, 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan (847-377-8000). If you'd like to find another location, click here.
This program is free of charge to all Illinois residents.
For more information, go to the IDOT website: www.yellowdotillinois.org.