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Yellow Dot Program comes to McDonald County

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McDonald County sheriff's office offers a program for residents, in case of an emergency.

The county's "Yellow Dot Program" allows residents the comfort of knowing that if they're in an accident, that they will be spoken for.

The yellow sticker lets emergency responders know to look for a yellow envelope containing useful information like a photo, medications, allergies and emergency contacts.

Drivers don't typically plan on getting into accidents but the simple yellow dot sticker, makes some feel more at ease.

"I hope not, but I'm prepared if it does," says Pineville resident Betty Gordon.  "In case I am ever in a situation where I could not ever respond for myself, the information about me is in my glove compartment and this yellow dot lets emergency people know that."

McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson has passed out over 1,000 of the yellow envelopes in the last few months.

"We are the first county in Missouri to have the Yellow Dot Program, but the Yellow Dot Program did start in Connecticut, I believe in 2002, so there is about 10 or 12 other states in the country that currently have the Yellow Dot Program in place," says Sheriff Evenson.

"I think I see it as a total plus, there is nothing negative, there is no personal information that someone else is going to take, from your information, it's really an emergency precaution and I hope other counties follow our lead," says Gordon.

Sheriff Evenson hopes other drivers will soon be doing the same.

"Our goal is to have this help save lives but we would also love to see this become a statewide program so everyone in Missouri would benefit from it," says Sheriff Evenson.

Sheriff Evenson told us that these envelopes are free to the public and if drivers outside of McDonald County would like to pick one up, they are more than welcome to stop by the office in Pineville.

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