The Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation establishing a voluntary Yellow Dot Program in Tennessee to alert emergency medical personnel to important health information of the driver or a passenger this week.
Sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy, Senate Bill 2277 is designed to assist citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile crash or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle. The Yellow Dot Program would be a free service provided to individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on senior citizens.
“This program can help save lives during the critical “golden hour” by improving communication at a time when accident victims may be unable to communicate for themselves,” said Senator Tracy. “Having this information following a crash helps first responders positively identify the person, get in touch with family or emergency contacts and ensures that the person’s current medications and pre-existing medical conditions are considered when treatment is administered for injuries.”
Participants of the program would receive a Yellow Dot decal, a Yellow Dot folder and an information form with the participant’s name, an identifying photo, emergency contact information, personal physicians’ information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and medications being used.
A Yellow Dot decal on the driver’s side rear window of a vehicle alerts first responders to check in the glove compartment for the corresponding Yellow Dot folder.
Moore County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Deal says he sees both pros and cons to the idea.
“If we see the sticker and can get to the glove compartment, then of course, the more information you have the better. But first responders sometimes get tunnel vision, but with proper training, it could be a good thing.”