ROAD ACCIDENTS AND THE UNFIT DRIVER

Accidents due to illness and disability are considered to be a rare occurrence, and detailed studies are reported which indicate that, for example, sudden illness is a cause of 1-2 per 1000 accidents. It is suggested that the gp or consultant has a particular responsibility for urging patients to declare disabilities, especially now that driving licences are valid to the age of 70 and three-yearly declarations of health for driving licence renewal has ceased. The statutory duty of a driver to notify the driver and vehicle licensing centre of any relevant and prospective disabilities is discussed. The question of accident causation due to ageing and fatigue is considered. Information is presented on steps that can and should be taken by the driver to reduce the risk of accident involvement, and in particular that related to the need for regular breaks of at least 20 minutes during a prolonged journey, with some vigorous exercise if possible. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1978-11-25

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 1471-2
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue Number: 6150
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
    • Serial URL: http://www.bmj.com/

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193994
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM