The Yellow Dot Program could save lives

The Yellow Dot Program in Tennessee aims to help provide identification and health information to first responders should you ever get in a car crash.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 3:35 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 4:45 PM

It's a program aimed at saving lives, but not many people know it exists.

The Yellow Dot Program in Tennessee aims to help provide identification and health information to first responders should you ever get in a car crash.

A little yellow sticker could be the difference between life and death, says Samantha Freeman, the Director at the Senior Citizens Center in Fayetteville.

"This can talk for you and tell them where to go, what your medicines are, who to contact," Freeman said. "It can be life-saving."

All you have to do is fill out an information sheet and put the sticker on your car. That dot lets first responders know identification and important health information is in the glove compartment of the car. However, nobody seems to have it.

"We've been doing it for about 3 to 4 years now," Freeman said. "It's just not known."

The program isn't just aimed at senior citizens, it's for everyone, but it does operate at the senior citizens building in Lincoln county, which may be one of the reasons people are unfamiliar with it.

Kenneth Hunter is just one of many who is unfamiliar with the Yellow Dot Program.

"I've been in Tennessee since 1993 and I've never heard of this program," Hunter said.

But after learning of the program, Hunter grabbed two of those life saving yellow dots.

It's not so much for me, I don't have a whole bunch of medical issues, but my wife does," Hunter said.

As he left, Hunter made sure to put that bright yellow dot on his car, not only for his safety, but his family's as well.

The Lincoln county senior citizens building is located at 908 West Washington Street and the Yellow Dot Programs are free of charge.

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