EPILEPSY AND DRIVING

The question of the safety in driving motor vehicles of drivers, both actual and potential, who suffer from epilepsy has been a matter of controversy for many years. Regulations governing this have differed from one country to another and even within Australian from State to State. In this country recommendations have been made by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Fifty eighth session) and the Australian Association of Neurologists. Tasmania was prominent in adopting an enlightened view on this question and as a result of certain submissions made by the Tasmanian State Department of Health, the N.H. and M.R.C. in 1966 passed the following resolution: "in view of the obvious need for factual information on the subject of epilepsy and license to drive, the Tasmanian State Department of Health could make a very valuable contribution to traffic injury research by setting up an investigation to study this problem". Such a scheme came into effect from January 1st, 1967, whereby all applicants for a driving license in whom epilepsy had been admitted, all drivers who sustained an accident as a result of suspected epilepsy and all drivers in whom there was a reasonable suspicion of epilepsy were examined by the author acting in an advisory capacity to the administrator of Road Transport. In collaboration with the State Department of Health, the Transport Department and the Police Department, a survey of this scheme has been conducted in the Department of Medicine, University of Tasmania. The objectives were as follows: 1. Assessing the contribution made to the total number of road traffic accidents by drivers suffering from epilepsy, where epilepsy was considered to be the cause of the accident. 2. Estimating the number of accidents resulting from a group of actual and potential drivers suffering from epilepsy who were intitially or subsequently approved to drive-in other words, an attempt to judge the efficacy of the adopted screening methods. 3. Assessing the proportion of the population with epilepsy who are actual or potential drivers, who admit to this disorder. 4. Examining the association between epilepsy and alcohol. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Association of Neurologists

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  • Authors:
    • Millingen, K S
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 67-72
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 13

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00178233
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1983 12:00AM