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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Vermont Bill to Trade Driver’s License Fee for Organs

Vermont Bill to Trade Driver’s License Fee for Organs

Written By: Dustin P. Walsh

A bill is making its way through Vermont legislature to free motorists from the $40 license renewal fee for life – that is, if they agree to donate their organs in death.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Vermont drivers must renew their license every four years. So, say you signed up for the program when you renewed your license at 32-years old and lived to the ripe age of 76 – you’d save $480. This is a small price for your internal organs, but gifting them is a remarkable, decent thing to do anyway–regardless of kickbacks.

The paper noted that there were 530,000 valid driver’s licenses in the state as of 2006. So, there are a lot of available organs – in Vermont alone – to help the nearly 1 million people on transplant waiting lists in the U.S.

Would you be willing to donate your organs – if you’re not already signed up to donate – for a license fee free life?

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