Constitutional Amendment B regarding the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission
IT? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Assembly and the Governor approved House Bill 870/HR1183 to ask the
voters of the State of Georgia if they would approve a penalty to be
added upon conviction of Reckless Driving. This added fine would
provide additional funds for the care and rehabilitation of Georgians
who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury through
the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission.
Constitutional Amendment is important as the number of reported
traumatic brain and spinal injuries and the costs of rehabilitation
have risen sharply.
provided to Georgians with traumatic brain and spinal injuries are
funded solely from DUI convictions that are statutorily assigned to
the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission. The Commission
does not receive any tax revenue to support those in urgent need.
DUI convictions in Georgia have fallen dramatically in recent years.
Convictions of DUI were over 41,518 in fiscal year 2008 and fell to
29,634 in fiscal year 2013. This
has meant that 25% percent of the annual funding for those seriously
injured has been lost. This lost
funding has necessitated the institution of a waiting list for
Georgians applying for urgently needed grants for resources.
Lifetime cost of care for severe traumatic injuries can easily exceed
one million dollars.
If you plan
to vote in the upcoming election in November you will be asked to
vote Yes or No on the following:
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional reckless driving penalties or fees to be added to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative services for Georgia citizens who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries?”
Georgians (2012) are either treated in the emergency department or
hospitalized for a traumatic brain injury each year. Traumatic brain
injury is not a one-time event. It is disease causative and
accelerative. It is one of the most common predictors of educational,
social and vocational failure in the United States.
information about the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund please see
our Commission-At-A-Glance Fact Sheet here
reports can also be found here:
and contain additional information regarding the Commission and our
mission of assisting our fellow Georgians with life-long catastrophic