Bad crash in The Acreage shows why everyone in Palm Beach County should participate in 'Yellow Dot'

Posted at 8:22 PM, Jan 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-13 22:14:00-05

A horrible accident in The Acreage is raising awareness about a life-saving program in Palm Beach County that not enough people are aware of—Yellow Dot.

In the Thursday morning crash, all three of the people involved were rushed to the hospital, but it took hours before anyone could track down their family members. Such cases are the reason for which the county set up the Yellow Dot program.

It's a way of letting rescue crews know of any medical conditions they should be aware of while giving treatment and how to get in touch with emergency contacts.

Participants in the program simply fill out a yellow pamphlet with their information and stick it in their glove box. Then, they put the Yellow Dot sticker on their back window.

"It lets us know hey, their information is in the glove compartment," said Captain Bob Smallacombe of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. "Should you be involved in a car crash, should something happen while you're out and you cannot speak for yourself or others in your vehicle who are having an emergency, we can go in the glove compartment, get that information and use it."

Firefighters will be handing out the pamphlets and stickers at the South Florida Fair over the weekend. Anyone interested in participating can also pick them up at any Palm Beach County Fire station at any time.

"Do it for yourself, do it for your family and do it for your local firefighters," Captain Smallacombe said. "Because it really does help us to make sure we're not giving you any medications that are contraindicated, to make sure we're calling who we need to call."