COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina drivers are responding to a new organ donation registry.
LifePoint Inc., the organ recovery service designated by the federal government for South Carolina, says more than half of drivers getting a license since the registry's December launch have also become donors.
The service says the registry will contain 100,000 people by Friday.
Residents can sign up online or at Department of Motor Vehicles offices.
As of January, more than 775 South Carolinians were on waiting lists for organ transplants.
The United Network for Organ Sharing says that, on average, 45 South Carolinians on waiting lists die every year.
South Carolina Links:
Donate Life South Carolina
The Donate Life Registry
“You Have the Power to Save Lives – Sign Your Donor Card & Tell Your Loved Ones of Your Decision”
In Great Britain, register at NHS Organ Donor Register
In Australia, register at Australian Organ Donor Register
Your generosity can save up to eight lives with heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine transplants. One tissue donor can help up to 100 other people by donating skin, corneas, bone, tendon, ligaments and heart valves