Driver Services Commissioner Presents Check for Georgia Drive for Sight
Funds Provide Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment Programs
ATLANTA –Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell recently presented a check for $328,127.00 dollars to Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. for funding the Georgia Drive for Sight Program. The check represents voluntary contributions accumulated from DDS’ customers while conducting driver’s licensing business over the past fiscal year.
Passed by the Georgia Legislature in 2000, House Bill 812 (O.C.G.A. § 31-1-23) established Georgia Drive for Sight that provides support for vision services in Georgia based on the availability of funds generated from voluntary contributions. The program is administered by DPH.
“I applaud our customers’ generous spirit. By choosing to contribute one dollar which is added to the final licensing transaction fee, many prekindergarten children and in-need adults will be able to reap the benefits of these very important programs,” Mikell said.
“These precious contributions from Georgia’s drivers literally mean we can connect those in need with vision screening and care,” Fitzgerald said. “And it means we can do outreach to families of babies in danger of losing their vision.”
DDS’ customers are able to indicate on the application required for anyone obtaining or renewing a driver’s license or ID card if they are interested in donating one dollar for the prevention of blindness. The funds will allow the program to continue to support partners who provide low vision education, rehabilitation and treatment services for people who are blind or visually impaired, including screening to save children’s vision, eye exams for needy adults, training for people who have lost vision and public education about eye donation.
Drive for Sight has provided more than 60,000 homeless or low income Georgians with vision screening and eye exams, as well as vision screening for more than 50,000 pre-kindergarten children.
For more information, please visit the DDS website at www.dds.ga.gov or the DPH website at www.dph.georgia.gov.