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Testing violates senior’s rights

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According to Alberta Transportation statistics, seniors are
the safest drivers on Alberta roads, they are not causing the
often carnage on Alberta roads. It is documented they have the
lowest casualty rates,
Nevertheless, in 2008 the Minister of Transportation, introduced
a pilot project that required all Albertans at age seventy five,
be subjected to a medical fitness assessment. In many medical clinics
across the province, a cognitive test, the Simard MD, was also
introduced, a test developed by Bonnie Dobbs PhD.

Those who score low on the Simard MD test are then referred to the
DriveABLE computer test, a test developed by Allan R. Dobbs PhD,
which has a high rate of failure. According to 2011 data,
only 15 % pass*. The DriveABLE test costs the senior – $250. plus
GST and is sponsored by the private for profit, multi-million dollar
DriveABLE Assessment Corporation inc. of which Dr. Dobbs is a 15.7 % owner.

We submit that there is no justification for this testing. Seniors
are being unlawfully abused, their lives disrupted, rights violated, losing
their right to drive.
We believe, that all this, is based on a mythical, underlying presumptive
policy that older drivers threaten road safety.

We have made a submission to the Minister of Transportation to end
all driver testing