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Yellow Dot Saves Lives in Tennessee

Credit tdot.state.tn.us/yellowdot/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (TNS/WMOT)  --  If you are involved in a serious car accident, medical history can play a vital role in treatment in that first hour. A new program is designed to help Tennessee first responders get that information right away.

Shelley Courington with Tennessee AARP notes that the state has launched what's called the Yellow Dot program with a goal of improved treatment and higher survival rates.

"The Yellow Dot program allows folks to put a sticker on their car that says that they have information about themselves that could help first responders in the glove compartment. And this just gives them the information that they need in treating someone at the scene of an accident or a health emergency."

Anyone can take part in Yellow Dot for free, but Courington says it's especially important for those with existing medical issues and those who are older. Currently, there are more than one-point-five million licensed drivers in Tennessee who are over the age of 55.

There are about two-dozen Yellow Dot enrollment sites across the state. Details are available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.