N.H. Summit to Focus on Drivers’ Medical Fitness

December 7, 2004

  • December 7, 2004 at 8:10 am
    Brian O'Neill says:
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    How do you tell a elderly parent or friend that they can’t drive anymore, especially when in the North Country unless you live in a town, you must drive everywhere.

    Also since there are privacy laws in place, what doctor is going to tell the motor vehicle department that someone can’t drive anymore. AARP would be up in arms. Should you make someone take a driving test again after a serious illness such as a heart attack or stroke or once someone is over 65, they must be retested every two years. Perhaps you should make defensive driving courses manditory for everyone, especially if it lowers their insurance premium

    Whatever you do someone or some group is not going to be happy

  • December 7, 2004 at 2:09 am
    safer on the highway says:
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    Oregon passed a law last year that allows anyone to report a driver they suspect is medically/physically incapable of driving safely to the DMV, which then mandates testing and can bar the driver from the roads permanently, if necessary. Doctors are required to report dangerous conditions in their patients. I am delighted, frankly. Driving is NOT a right, it’s a privilege and a convenience. If your elderly or disabled loved ones live out of range of public transit or other options, maybe you should act like you love them and either move them closer to you or make arrangements for them. My survival on the road trumps your privacy over a debilitating medical condition.

  • December 7, 2004 at 3:32 am
    Brian O'Neill says:
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    I wish more states like Oregon would pass those kind of laws

  • January 21, 2005 at 10:29 am
    alice says:
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    what isthe level of deviation from the normal vision acceptable for driving?



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