In an effort to better serve and protect citizens in Etowah County, Sheriff Jonathon W. Horton partners with the Northeast Alabama Traffic Safety Office to provide the Yellow Dot Program. The Yellow Dot Program is designed to assist citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile accident. The program can help save lives by improving communication at a time when accident victims may not be able to communicate for themselves.
Etowah County was chosen to pilot the Yellow Dot Program in Alabama, in 2009, due in part to the higher than state average of citizens age 65 and older. Currently, 36 counties in Alabama are participating in the program.
The Yellow Dot Program is a cooperative effort between local Sheriff's Deputies, Fire Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Police Officers, State Troopers, Non-Profits, Civic and Religious Organizations.
How Does the Program Work?
Participants of the program will have their picture taken, complete a personal information form and will be given a Yellow Dot folder and decal. All of the essential information will be placed into the folder and then into the glove box of their car. The Yellow Dot decal will be placed in the lower left corner of the rear window of the participant's car. The decal alerts first responders that medical information can be found in the glove compartment.
This information helps first responders get in touch with emergency contacts and ensures that a person's current medication and conditions are considered when treatments are administered for injuries.
How Much Does It Cost to Sign-Up?
It is a FREE service provided to individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on senior citizens.
Where Can I Sign-Up?
Individuals wanting to participate in the Yellow Dot Program can sign-up at one of the permanent enrollment locations:
Etowah County Rural Transportation, 800 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden, 256-546-1014
Special enrollment events will be held at various locations in the county throughout the year.