IDOT program helps emergency responders

By on December 5, 2011

CHICAGO—A new program by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will provide first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for anyone involved in a car crash.

The Illinois Yellow Dot program is a life-saving, traffic safety initiative with other state departments working together to increase awareness of the voluntary, federally funded program, and provide distribution centers and information for interested residents.

All motorists are encouraged to participate in this unique and effective program which could make the difference between life and death for individuals involved in crashes.

Yellow Dot participants are supplied with a simple, bright yellow decal for their car and a corresponding yellow folder. The decal is placed in a conspicuous and consistent place—in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window, driver’s side. The yellow dot means there is a folder in the glove compartment with important medical information about the motorists. Having access to this information allows first responders to make important decisions regarding emergency treatment and can better prepare emergency hospital staff in the receiving room. Because the first hour following an injury is the most crucial, the Yellow Dot program provides essential personal health information to emergency responders in order to promptly care for a crash victim.
Older drivers are encouraged to update their medical information and have a voice in their emergency treatment in the event of an accident.

The Yellow Dot program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, was originally introduced in Connecticut in 2002. For more information and to find a distribution center near you, visit