NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ The percentage of drivers registered to be organ donors at the Flemington motor vehicle agency has broke a record in the first six months of this year, with the numbers reaching more than 50 percent for the very first time in the NJ Sharing Network service area, according to a report released today.

The statistics, pulled from data from the state's donor registry and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, shows that in the first six months of this year, 51.1 percent of motorists registered to be organ donors when they received or renewed their driver's licenses at the Flemington office.

The Flemington office continues to lead the pack of all motor vehicle agencies in the state. In 2012, Flemington topped the list at 49.3 percent, a jump of 5 percent from 2011, when it also had the highest numbers.

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Across the country, the percentage of people signing up to be donors typically remains flat or may increase just a percentage or two, making the steady increase in Flemington unique and gratifying, said Joe Roth, president and chief executive officer of the NJ Sharing Network.

“This tells us that our outreach efforts are making a real difference, especially in Hunterdon County," Roth said.

“We are extremely encouraged by the continued increase in the percentage of people who walked into the Flemington motor vehicle office and said `yes’ to organ donor registration,” said Raymond P. Martinez, Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

“More registered organ donors create more hope for the close to 5,000 New Jerseyans currently awaiting a life-saving transplant,” he added.

NJ Sharing Network leaders credited community-based outreach initiatives, as well as a comprehensive Facebook campaign launched last May, to encourage online organ donor registration.

Other highlights of the 2013 report:

·         The East Brunswick motor vehicle agency had the highest jump in registered donors from 2012, with a 6.5 percent jump.

·         Hudson County led New Jersey counties with the highest percentage of growth in donors, at 3.5 percent, from 2012

·         Hunterdon County remained the top of the list with the highest number of organ donors, at 45.1 percent, an increase from 44.7 percent last year.

NJ Sharing Network’s report was released in August to help mark National Minority Donor Awareness Week, a nationwide observance that aims to educate minorities about the ongoing, desperate need for organ and tissue donors within multicultural communities nationwide. The observance encourages people from all ethnic groups to become donors. To view the full report or to register as an organ donor, visit www.njsharingnetwork.org.  

Learn more about NJ Sharing Network or how to register as an organ and tissue donor at www.njsharingnetwork.org or call 1-800-742-7365.

About NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. For information about donation and transplantation in NJ, contact us at 1-800-742-7365 or info@sharenj.org.