Tennessee troopers promoting organ, tissue donation

Tennessee troopers promoting organ, tissue donation

June 4th, 2009 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Safety is promoting organ donation this month by sponsoring booths across the state encouraging signups.

The booths will be at more than 25 driver's license service centers as part of the "Show Us Your Heart Tennessee" project.

Tennesseans can register to be an organ donor by checking "yes" when applying for or renewing a driver's license. A small red heart is placed on a driver's license to signify the holder as an organ donor.

Officials said 1.2 million Tennesseans are registered as organ donors, 28 percent of those with a driver's license.

The project is part of a partnership with the Donate Life Tennessee organization, an organ and tissue donor registry.