There are any number of medical conditions which can affect one’s ability to drive safely. No one asks for these medical conditions, so it can be hard to accept that they have such a profound impact on our daily lives. However, driving is a privilege, not a right.
Driving a car requires the complicated interplay of many different actions: vision, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, reflexes, and good judgement.
As hard as it may be to accept, no one should be behind the wheel if they have a medical condition which puts them, and everyone else on our roadways, at risk.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If the problem is serious and you’re unsure what should or can be done, you can request that the Department of Licensing become involved.
HOW DO I REPORT THE DRIVER?
The Department of Licensing must have the information in writing. You may complete a “Recommendation for Driver Re-examination” form available on-line or at your driver licensing office. Or write a letter explaining the exact condition and the identity of the driver you want to report. Give specific information about any medical and/or visual conditions and the driving abilities you are aware of.
Remember that age is not a consideration. That means that just because a driver has reached a particular age doesn’t mean that he or she is an unsafe driver. Medical conditions affecting driver safety can happen to anyone at any age.
All information submitted must be personal knowledge or observation. Second hand information or anonymous letters will not be accepted.