TDOT Launches Yellow DOT Program
By Adam Ghassemi
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If you look around any parking lot there are badges of honor proudly displaying the love for a team, a cause or in James Cunningham's case, piece of mind.
"You can't miss it," he said Wednesday.
The yellow dot on his rear window is far from a bumper sticker. It's delivering a message that the driver may need help.
"Look for something. Look for that yellow envelope that's inside that gives all the information you're going to need to treat that person," he said.
Wednesday state leaders launched the Yellow Dot Program aimed at not only getting stickers on cars, but also these yellow envelopes in glove boxes. In the case of an accident first responders will have the driver's medical history, prescriptions and even a photo instantly.
"That first five or ten or twenty minutes and any kind of health issue is critical," said Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation John Schroer.
"We'll have more information on a person's medical condition that we can direct their treatment or do something for them during that critical time, that first hour," said Colonel Tracy Trott with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Cunningham, who lives alone and is diabetic, knows from past blood sugar crashes how important it can be to have immediate help, even if it's only a piece of candy, or coke.
The program is a result of bill passed into law last year.
"I think that you're going to see that it's going to save lives in Tennessee," said Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, who co-sponsored the bill.
That could mean more Tennesseans remain independent while knowing the right information is within reach anytime you see this yellow dot.
"You can't miss the yellow envelope," Cunningham said.
The program is free, completely voluntary and aimed at senior drivers or people with medical issues, but anyone can participate.
For more information go to: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/yellowdot/