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Klassen: Seniors’ tests have nothing to do with driving ability (with poll)

“If you want to know what constitutes the cognitive test doctors give to Alberta seniors over the age of 75, just ask 81-year-old Lois Mooney, and you’ll get a spittin’ earful. For a driving test, it’s ridiculous, she’ll tell you, and one that is discriminatory to make her take just because she’s had a birthday. […]

Monitoring Alberta’s Safest Drivers

In a detailed Brief to the Government of Alberta, dated November 25, 2014, we have respectfully asked that Alberta Legislators revisit the Operator Licensing and Vehicle Control Regulation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, Alberta Regulation 320/2002 and repeal Section 16[2]. Thus causing to cease the requirement for Albertans to report for medical assessments at the age […]

The Myths and Facts about Older Drivers

Dr. Bonnie Dobbs again produces misinformation.

Older drivers do not have a high crash risk

Courtesy Road Safety Observatory: Key Findings: Different driver age groups cannot be validly compared for crash involvement, if crash rates have been calculated solely on the basis of distance travelled. The present study has shown that after being matched for yearly driving distance, most drivers aged 75 years and above were safer than younger age […]

EFPA finds older drivers do not have increased accident risk

“In conclusion, Older drivers generally do not have an increased accident risk. All studies that have evaluated the safety effects of age based population screening for fitness to drive have failed to document any safety benefits from this type of screening.  On the contrary studies indicate that this type of screening may have an indirect […]

Annual compulsory medical test for elderly drivers axed in Australia

 ANNUAL medical tests for drivers aged 70 and over will be scrapped to encourage older people to remain active in the community and because evidence shows they do not lower crash rates. The State Government move follows research that shows Victoria, which does not have age-based testing, has a crash rate similar to South Australia […]

Canadian Geriatrics Journal finds no association between SIMARD and doctor’s decisions

In a conclusion published in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal, an article titled “Comparison of the SIMARD MD to Clinical Impression in Assessing Fitness to Drive in Patients with Cognitive Impairment” reports “There was no association between the SIMARD MD scores and the geriatricians’ clinical decision regarding fitness to drive in persons with mild dementia or mild […]

Joan Lowry of the Associated Press, from the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Joan Lowry of the Associated Press, from the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. On Friday February 21st., 2014, A News Release in Washington , D.C. by the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, stated that they were wrong in thinking that an older population would lead to more accidents, and just the […]

Medical screening for older drivers is misguided, argues senior doctor

Age related testing ‘breaks almost every tenet of screening’ Personal View: Medical screening of older drivers is not evidence based Medical screening of older drivers is misguided and typifies a “worrying lack of due diligence” by the medical profession, warns a senior doctor on bmj.com today. Professor Desmond O’Neill, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke […]

Drivers with diabetes benefit from new medical reporting rules

Press release courtesy Alberta.ca Thanks to advancements in medicine, monitoring and treatment of diabetes, the rules for medical reporting have been relaxed for drivers with diabetes. Drivers with well-managed diabetes no longer have to provide annual driver medical reports, pending the approval of their physician. The new rules reflect changes recommended at the national level […]

Ontario proposes to end annual road test requirement for safe senior commercial drivers

TORONTO, Ont. — The province of Ontario has published proposed changes to the license renewal process for senior A/Z license-holders. Under the proposed changes: only commercial drivers between the ages of 65 and 79 who accumulate three or more demerit points or are involved in an at-fault collision will be required to take a practical […]

USIIHS finds seniors healthier, safer drivers

Joan Lowry of the Associated Press, from the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. On Friday February 21st., 2014, A News Release in Washington, D.C. by the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, stated that they were wrong in thinking that an older population would lead to more accidents, and just the reverse […]

Doctors electronically connected to Alberta Transportation

Letter to Minister of Transportation March 13, 2014 Via Email, transportation.minister@gov.ca The Honourable Mr. Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation, 324 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: Doctors electronically connected to Alberta Transportation, Department of Driver Fitness. Yesterday, we attended at a seniors driving information meeting in St. Alberta, […]

Ric McIver vows to eliminate DriveAble, review Simard MD

Watch the video on the Calgary Herald website EDMONTON — Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ric McIver says he made some mistakes when serving in Alison Redford’s cabinet, but will rectify them if he wins the premier’s job. Borrowing a page from populist premier Ralph Klein, the former infrastructure and transportation minister noted he cut funding […]

Letter to Minister of Transportation

February 12, 2014 Letter via email – transportation.minister@gov.ab.ca The Honourable Mr. Wayne Drysdale, Minister of Transportation, 324 Legislature Building 10800 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, Canada T5K 2B6 Dear Mr. Minister: Thank you for your correspondence of February 10, 2014. Please be aware, according to Alberta statistics, seniors are the safest drivers on Alberta roads. It […]