The Peoria City/County Health Department is joining forces with the Illinois Department of Transportation to urge residents to participate in the State of Illinois’ 2013 Yellow Dot program, which could save the lives of people involved in a serious car accident.

Last year’s 2012 program promoted special focus on the benefits to the elderly. IDOT’s 2013 program stresses the importance of Yellow Dot for everyone, especially for children with serious health issues or conditions.

“With safety as a major public health issue, this life-saving traffic initiative provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes. Because the first hour following an injury is the most crucial, the Yellow Dot program assures that essential personal health information is available in order to provide prompt and appropriate care for a crash victim,” said Diana Scott, Public Information Officer at Peoria City/County Health Department, through a press release.

Those who are willing to participate in the Yellow Dot program simply fill out a medical information card for each person who regularly rides in the car. The card will contain their photo, emergency contact information, the name of their personal physician, any medical conditions, a list of recent surgeries, any allergies, and current medications being taken. After filling out the card and putting in their vehicle’s glove box, they simply place the yellow dot sticker on the back window.

The Peoria City/County Health Department, 2116 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, now has the cards and dots available for pickup.

For more information on the Illinois Yellow Dot program, visit the website

For more information on other public health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department at