TDOT launches new program

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Updated: 1/09 6:49 pm
You may notice shiny yellow medical stickers on the back of some Tennessee vehicles soon. It is all part of TDOT's new Yellow DOT program.

Jennifer Flynn, TDOT Community Relations and Region 2 Spokesperson said, "At the distribution centers listed on our website, people can pick up a packet, a yellow packet here, and its got a place for you to fill out your medical information and put your picture in." Along with the packet comes the yellow sticker that needs to be placed in the bottom left corner of the drivers back window. Flynn said, "This helps first responders to know, should you ever be involved in a crash and you can't communicate, it helps them to know that they need to look in your glove box. And that you have some medical issues that they need to know about before the begin treatment."

The yellow packet includes a medical form where you to need include your name, a picture, emergency contacts and any medical information you'd like first responders to know about. Once completed, keep it in your glove box. Flynn said, "If you were allergic to a certain type of medicine and it would do you a lot of harm if you received this medicine, then that would be something that you would put down to help you in the event that something happened."

The program targets driver's 55 and older, however anyone who feels that they can benefit from having one of these stickers is free to get one. Martha Mackey is a Tennessee driver and plans to participate in the program. Mackey said, "I have often been concerned about what would happen if I were in an accident and no one would know how to get in touch with anyone in my family or who to contact, so I think it's a wonderful idea."

One sticker can be used for more than one person in the vehicle, just include information for both parties. There is no cost associated with signing up for the program. Stickers for motorcylces are also available. For more information on the program visit www.tdot.state.tn.us.
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