Yellow Dot medical-alert program launched in Illinois

From The State Journal-Register:

State officials hope to see large yellow dots on cars’ rear windows across Illinois after launching a new medical-alert program statewide Tuesday.

The voluntary Yellow Dot program asks drivers to place the special dots on the lower left-hand corner of their vehicles’ rear windows and fill out yellow brochures containing photographs, medical information and contact numbers for everyone who rides in their vehicles.

The brochure, which should be stored in the car’s glove compartment, will give emergency responders potentially lifesaving information after crashes and other medical emergencies, according to officials from a variety of state agencies cooperating in the program.

“Time is critical in an emergency situation,” said Dr. Craig Conover, acting director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. “Something as simple as having your medical information on a yellow card in your glove compartment can potentially make a big difference in the emergency care you receive.”