THE ROLE OF CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN HIGHWAY SAFETY

This research was designed to determine whether Oklahoma drivers suffering from selected chronic medical conditions have higher accident and violation rates than drivers not known to be affected. The driving records of 108 diabetics, 77 epileptics, 78 persons diagnosed as other neurological, and 55 persons diagnosed as cardiac or circulatory who were granted drivers licenses after being evaluated by the Oklahoma Medical Advisory Committee in 1969 were studied. The accident rates and violation rates of the disease groups were compared to the rates of Oklahoma's licensed drivers. It was determined that epileptics, diabetics, and persons suffering from other neurological conditions have higher accident and violation rates than licensed Oklahoma drivers not known to be affected. Also, Oklahoma drivers diagnosed as suffering from cardiac or circulatory conditions, as a group, have lower violation rates, and slightly higher accident rates than drivers not known to be affected. The largest number of persons suffering from chronic medical conditions were brought to the attention of the Oklahoma Medical Advisory Committee by driver licensing examiners. Very few persons were referred by physicians, lending some credibility to the contention that physicians are extremely reluctant to refer patients to medical advisory committees. Due to the wide differences in policies and procedures of the various states in evaluating medically restricted drivers, the results of Oklahoma's experience may not be reflective of what could be expected in other states. (A)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Abstract from Dissertation Abstracts International (Section B), Vol. 33, No. 2, August 1972, pp 801-802
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Oklahoma, Norman

    Research Institute
    Norman, OK  USA  73019
  • Authors:
    • Davis, T G
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262105
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 12 1974 12:00AM