You’re going to start seeing yellow dots on the rear windows of vehicles in Illinois. The yellow dot – a new program announced Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Transportation – is a signal to police or paramedics that in the glove compartment is a card with identification and medical information about the driver and passengers. It’s in case there’s a crash and the people in the car have medical conditions that must be known right away.
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The yellow dots and info cards are available for free at health departments in each county, and their availability will be expanded. The idea of yellow dots originated in Connecticut in 2002, but this is the first statewide campaign to get people to fill out the cards and affix the yellow dot. The campaign is targeting the elderly and those with medical conditions, but anyone can have one.