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posted: 12/28/2012 1:14 PM

BACOA and IDOT's Yellow Dot program helps save lives

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Submitted by the Barrington Area Council on Aging

The Barrington Area Council on Aging will be a distribution site for the Illinois Department of Transportation's new Illinois Yellow Dot program.

The program, recommended by Barrington's police and fire departments, is a lifesaving traffic-safety initiative that provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes.

Yellow Dot participants receive a bright yellow dot decal and a yellow folder, along with a brochure explaining the program. The folder is placed in the glove compartment and should contain important information such as name, emergency contact information, medical conditions, physician name and a list of current medications.

The dot is displayed in a conspicuous place on their car and indicates the folder is stored in the glove compartment. In the event of a crash, first responders can retrieve the folder and make decisions regarding emergency treatment and prepare hospital personnel as well in the critical first moments of an accident.

The program is free and recommended for drivers of all ages. Those interested in receiving the materials can pick them up in person at BACOA's office, 6000 Garlands Lane, Suite 100, Barrington. Materials are also available at the Barrington Public Safety Building.

For details, call (847) 381-5030.