The Tennessee Department of Transportation launched a new program Wednesday that aims at helping first responders in emergency situations.
The Yellow DOT program puts little, yellow stickers at the bottom left corner of rear windows of cars driven by senior citizens. The stickers will have vital information about the driver. Cars will also have yellow envelopes in the glove compartment that contain an ID, the person's medical history and any prescription drug information.
TDOT said the program will help speed up the "golden hour", or the first hour after an injury, when medical treatment is most critical to survival. Once first responders see a yellow sticker, they will know to check the glove compartment and aid treatment.
"This program will help police and other first responders by giving them quick access to potentially life-saving medical information within minutes of a car crash," said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. "It can also help in efforts to identify victims and personalize their treatment."
According to Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), there are more than 1.5 million drivers in Tennessee over the age of 55 that could be helped by this program, which is free.
The Yellow DOT program passed through the Tennessee State Assembly unanimously in 2012.
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