GORHAM – Hundreds of motorists have enrolled in a program aimed at saving lives that launched on Saturday in Cumberland County.

Gorham Police Officer Ted Hatch, who was instrumental in developing the Yellow Dot program, said this week that 880 enrolled at 14 sites in Cumberland County. Hatch reported that 183 enrolled in Gorham and 73 in Westbrook.

Under the program, a yellow dot decal placed on the rear window of a vehicle alerts first responders at highway accidents that important emergency and medical information is located in a yellow packet in the glove compartment. Gorham Police Department and a local seniors citizens group sponsored the program that officials envision spreading statewide.

Dyana Rossignol of In Home Senior Services of Gorham, a supporter of the Westbrook/Gorham Triad, which promoted the program, was the first to receive a decal on her car.

“I’m thrilled to be part of it,” Rossignol said.

Maine Attorney General William Schneider at a press conference in Gorham last week praised the initiative.

“It’s absolutely a fantastic program,” Schneider told a turnout of local and state law enforcement officials. “It’s going to be terrific for the public and first responders.”

Those wishing to enroll in the program can go to the Westbrook Public Safety Building, 570 Main St., Westbrook, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.; and the Gorham Public Safety Building, 270 Main St., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; or visit www.yellowdotme.org for other enrollment locations.

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