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Gorham Police looks to establish first Yellow Dot Program in Maine
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GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Gorham Police Department is working with several other local police and fire departments, first responders, and emergency medical agencies to establish the first "Yellow Dot" program in Maine.

The program is designed to help emergency personnel responding to car accidents get access to vital medical information quickly.  If you sign up, a yellow dot is placed on the back window of your car.  That lets first responders know you have important medical information listed in your glove compartment, everything from medical conditions and allergies to physician and emergency contact information.

Police say they will begin the Yellow Dot program as a pilot project in Cumberland County this fall, with the goal to eventually make it statewide.

"I think it's going to be an outstanding program.  In Gorham alone last year we had 482 crashes, so if you take this times the amount of people in Cumberland County which is approximately 284,000 people, this program can certainly reach a lot of people and save lives," Officer Hatch said.

Gorham Police say you can sign up for the program free of charge. There will be an open enrollment day on October 13th. 

For more information, you can either contact Officer Ted Hatch with Gorham Police at 222-1681, or Captain Tom Roth with Westbrook Police at 854-2531.

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