Study: Doctor involvement, reporting help reduce crash injuries among older drivers

Study: Doctor involvement, reporting help reduce crash injuries among older drivers

CREATED Sep. 27, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A major study conducted in Canada suggests that there's a serious drop in crash injuries among elderly drivers when their doctors warn them, and tell driving authorities, that their patients are not medically fit to be on the road.

The study, in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, couldn't tell if the improvement was because those patients drove less, or drove more carefully once the doctors pointed out the risk.

By one U.S. estimate, about 600,000 older drivers a year quit because of health conditions. But there are no clear-cut guidelines to tell who really needs to give up their licenses because of health problems. Only a few states require doctors to report drivers with worrisome health conditions to licensing authorities.
 

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