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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

$2M for BC senior road tests

According to British Columbia’s Superintendent of Motor Vehicles it will pay the multi-million dollar, private for profit, DriveABLE ASSESSMENT CORPORATION INC. and its contractors almost $2 million a year to give driver testing to B.C. seniors B.C. drivers over the age of 80 must take a medical & screening test with their physician every two […]

Test violates seniors’ rights

From Edmonton Journal Letters – February 27, 2014 Alberta Transportation statistics show that seniors are the safest drivers on our roads. Yet, in 2008, the minister of transportation introduced a pilot project that subjected all Albertans at age 75 to a medical fitness assessment. In many medical clinics, a cognitive test called the Simard MD […]

B.C. senior loses driver’s licence after miscommunication

A B.C. senior says she has lost her independence after being required to re-take her driver’s licence test and then failing it — two outcomes she’s blaming on a lack of language skills, not driving skills. Aino Leskinen, 84, came to Canada from Finland when she was 33. She couldn’t speak English, but could drive. […]

Simard & DriveABLE Publications

July, 2010 The Introduction of a New Screening Tool for the Identification of Cognitively Impaired Medically At-Risk Drivers: The SIMARD, A Modification of the DemTect, Bonnie M. Dobbs and Donald Schopflocher, (Journal of Primary Care & Community Health July 2010 Vol 1, 2: 119-127) http://jpc.sagepub.com/content/1/2/119.full.pdf+html? ijkey=4CCEVM5wPAVBw&keytype=ref&siteid=spjpc April, 2011 The SIMARD Screening Tool to Identify Unfit […]

Protest by the British Columbia retired teachers’ association

The Province’s DriveABLE program tests drivers with a computer touch screen and has resulted in people having their drivers’ licence cancelled. We believe recent efforts to improve the DriveABLE program’s image and accessibility are simply wrongheaded. The program is not “misunderstood” – it is simply wrong: poorly conceived, unsupported by current science, a violation of […]

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