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Thursday 21 September 2017

Doctors to get help in deciding who is fit for driving

Treacy Hogan

NEW guidelines are being drawn up to help GPs decide if patients with certain medical conditions are fit to drive.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched an awareness campaign among people with medical conditions about the effect they could have on their driving.

It is due to be rolled out before the end of the year.

National Office for Traffic Medicine director Prof Des O'Neill said new research showed car crashes among those with medical conditions fell by 45pc where proper advice was given to drivers.

Speaking at the annual RSA safety lecture in Dublin yesterday, Prof O'Neill said older people had the lowest risk of having a crash.

The guidelines will cover conditions including cardiovascular, diabetes, psychiatric, neurological and visual impairment.

Family members could be involved in helping doctors make decisions relating to patients where there is a concern about altered driving behaviour.

"This is not about preventing people from driving, it's about promoting and prolonging safe driving by supporting medical practitioners and drivers in making decisions about their fitness to drive," added Prof O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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