PennDOT To Use Educational Video In Hopes Of Increasing Organ Donors

By Kim Glovas

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In an effort to increase the number of Pennsylvanians who are organ donors, PennDOT has installed video monitors at some driver’s license centers to educate the uninitiated.

Video monitors have been put in place at 20 driver’s license centers across the state and will run a video loop on the facts and benefits of organ and tissue donation.

“People have a lot of questions, like ‘Oh I’m too old to become an organ donor’ and that’s just not the case. I believe the oldest donor in Pennsylvania was 87-years-old. And there was some questions ‘Maybe my religious beliefs aren’t in line with organ donation.’ And again, that’s addressed in the video,” says Jan McKnight of PebnnDOT.

McKnight says 8,300 people are waiting for organ transplants in Pennsylvania. And 4 million state residents are already signed up as donors. But that’s only 45 percent of drivers, and PennDOT would like 100 percent of drivers to take part.

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