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Yellow sticker could save drivers' lives

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The pamphlet covers medical history and medication information. The pamphlet covers medical history and medication information.
A sticker placed on the rear window alerts first responders of the program. A sticker placed on the rear window alerts first responders of the program.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A small yellow sticker could help save the lives of Tennessee drivers.

The Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the launch of the Tennessee Yellow DOT program.

The initiative involves a yellow sticker to be placed on a car's rear window, along with a pamphlet of medical history kept in the glove box.

During a crash or medical emergency, the sticker will alert first responders to the medical information.

State officials said that background can be invaluable in the "golden hour" - the time period immediately after an injury or crisis.

"We have people that have unknown medical conditions, that we really don't know how to treat them. We might treat them in an adverse way that would adversely affect their health," said Col. Tracy Trott with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The program is aimed at drivers over the age of 55. There are 1.5 million such drivers in Tennessee.

But younger drivers with medical problems are also encouraged to sign up.

"With the Yellow DOT Program, we're given a heads up that first of all the person has a medical condition, second of all we're going to know what that medical condition is and how to properly treat them or direct their treatment," Trott said.

The pamphlet asks the driver to include a recent photo for identification, along with emergency contacts, allergies, current medications and any medical conditions.

Several older drivers were filling out the forms during an event at the Donelson Station branch of the FiftyForward organization, which works to enrich the lives of people over 50.

"I wished it would have happened a lot sooner. I have been involved in an accident and all that, and didn't have any information. But it's great," said driver Ave Zachocki.

Officials stressed the only copy of the medical information is kept in the car's glove box. The state does not hold onto the data.

Drivers can join the program, and get a picture taken if needed, at places like police departments and hospitals. A list of enrollment sites is available at www.tdot.state.tn.us/yellowdot.

Tennessee is one of only a few states with a Yellow DOT program, and emergency workers are being encouraged to check for the yellow stickers.

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