Sheriffs join forces for Yellow Dot Program
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HERKIMER, N.Y. -- Sheriff's offices in the Mohawk Valley and Central New York are joining forces to make it easier for EMS teams to save lives. The Herkimer, Madison and Oneida County Sheriff's offices announced the launch of the Yellow Dot program on Wednesday.
The statewide program is aimed at seniors, but anyone with special medical issues is encouraged to take part. People can pick up a yellow dot kit that includes a decal that drivers stick on the back window of their cars. If they are in an accident, first responders know to look in the glove compartment for a yellow card that contains their medical information.
According to the sheriffs, this system can save time and lives.
"In the past, we've had incidents where we'll get a report of someone driving all over the road like an intoxicated driver, but once you get the car pulled over, you find out it's a diabetic in insulin shock. With the Yellow Dot program, this will help us identify that," said Allen Riley, Madison County Sheriff.
Yellow Dot kits will be available for free at your local sheriff's office. To find out how to get one mailed to you, visit www.nysheriffs.org.