One wonders when law enforcement will work with California legislators
to prevent a new generation of innocent victims of police pursuits.
Published in the Chico Enterprise-Record
December 28, 2002
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IT'S A HIT - The pink, peel-off dot on a driver's license was a good idea, but apparently it's going to take a little more for Californians to be part of the ultimate recycling program -- donating organs for medical causes.
Applying the pink dot on the driver's license used to be sufficient to enter a body into a donor program. But interference or confusion from family members after a loved one's death has turned the simple program into a legal nightmare.
When people put the donor dot on their driver's license, they frequently neglect to tell family members in advance about their wishes.
That unfortunate lack of communication stands in the way of the ultimate act of people helping people.
Californians are finding it may take something as formal as a statewide registry to have donor wishes clarified and respected.
As difficult as the subject may be to discuss with loved ones, intending donors need to make their wishes crystal clear with their families. According to surveys, fewer than 50 percent of Americans have told family members their wishes concerning organ donation.
A Chico family provides the blueprint for how it should work. Kristie Priano was a student at Champion Christian School when her health class discussed the importance of talking to family members about organ donation.
One night at dinner, Priano told her family she wanted to be a donor.