According to AAA, seniors represent the fastest-growing segment of drivers. Yet seniors have a higher death rate per mile driven than any other demographic and 95 percent use medications that may impair their driving.
In an effort to protect the lives of senior drivers during automobile emergencies, People’s United Bank, the Fairfield, Connecticut Police Department, and the Senior Go To Guide teamed up for Yellow Dot Day at the Fairfield Senior Center on May 21.
The Yellow Dot Program alerts emergency personnel to vital information about an elderly driver that has been stored in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Yellow Dot is an initiative of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, which is designed to keep seniors informed and safe by protecting them from criminal activities, including fraud and scams, through events, seminars, and educational outreach.
During the event, 110 seniors signed up for the program. Each participant received a Yellow Dot information card to be filled out with emergency contacts, medications, allergies, medical history, hospital preference and other information vital to emergency care. Participants place the cards in their glove compartments and a Yellow Dot decal is affixed to the rear windshield of their vehicles, alerting emergency personal to the information.
“Thank you to People’s United Bank for creating this program and for sponsoring it for our Police Department,” stated Michael Tetreau, Fairfield First Selectman. “People’s United Bank is a wonderful community partner that helps the Fairfield Police Department keep residents of our community safe and informed.”
Congratulations People’s United Bank!