Calgary and California police officers join forces to raise awareness for the desperate need for organ donors
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CALGARY, April 16, 2019
Throughout the blitz, drivers who had the 'organ donor' symbol on their licence were given a second chance to correct their violation without a fine – because their status as a registered donor gives fellow citizens a second chance at life.
Deputy Chief Ayliffe stated that the program allows police officers to engage with motorists who committed violations, such as illegal U-turns, parking offences, and other violations as prescribed by the police service.
In addition, at the discretion of individual officers, drivers who were not registered as organ donors were informed that they were being given a second chance to fix their violation without a fine, courtesy of the donor registration program, and that their consideration of becoming a registered organ donor would be most appreciated. Police officers across North America handed out Second Chance tickets instead of the 'real thing' and motorists were driven to secondchancesdonor.org – to find out more about the initiative and/or to register to become an organ donor.
The campaign in Canada features a partnership with the Canadian Transplant Association, the nationally-authorized nonprofit organization that raises awareness about organ donation, organizes volunteers and public advocacy and offers a support network for donors and recipients.
The need for more organ donors is critical, as per the following statistics:
*According to The Organ Donor Project, Canada
"We feel this smart and community-minded initiative is a win for our motorists and, hopefully, a win for all of the men, women and children in this country and across North America who are desperately in need of an organ donation," said Deputy Chief Ayliffe. "Our hope is that citizens and other police services across North America will join Calgary and California police agencies in this initiative to grow organ donation across Canada and the US. This program turns a traditionally negative situation into a surprising and positive engagement and raises awareness for an extremely important cause."
The Second Chances campaign runs for the duration of April, which is National Organ Donation Month and is supported by community initiatives, a website that streamlines the organ donation process and social media.
The Second Chances program is strictly voluntary for participating Calgary police officers at their discretion. Any additional traffic infractions or legal matters at the time of the traffic stop (i.e., outstanding moving violations, unpaid tickets, warrants for arrest) are outside the scope of this initiative.
For more information about this program, or to find out how your municipality, organization or group can become involved, visit the Second Chances website: https://www.secondchancesdonor.org
SOURCE Second Chances
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