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    Beyond texting. Should medically impaired drivers be reported?

    Post by chi_solas on Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:44 am

    Received this in my email box
    from Massachusetts AARP.

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    Dear BRIDGET,

    There are new rules of the road in the commonwealth -- and they go beyond the ban on texting while driving. This month, AARP Bulletin takes a closer look at a major component of the Massachusetts safe driving law: medical reporting.

    The new law, which went into effect on September 30, creates a strong medical reporting system within the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Health care professionals, law enforcement and others may now voluntarily report medically impaired drivers to the RMV. Further, the RMV is charged with developing standards to help health care providers and others better assess a driver's ability to handle a vehicle safely, inlcuding the impact of functional and cognitive changes. AARP strongly supported strengthening the medical reporting system in Massachusetts - because similar systems have been proven to reduce crashes in other states.

    The new law also:

    Bans texting while driving.
    Mandates drivers age 75 and older to renew their licenses in person - and pass an eye exam - at five year intervals.
    Creates a "trigger system" to identify unsafe drivers and get them off the road; if a driver is involved in three surchargeable accidents within 24 months, he/she gets reassessed.
    To learn more about the new safe driving law, and how it will affect you, visit aarp.org/ma.

    Deborah Banda, State Director
    Linda Fitzgerald, State President

    Want to brush up on your driving skills? To find an AARP Driver Safety class near you, call 1-888-227-7669. Or take the course online.


    Do you think that healthcare providers
    should be watch dogs for the RMV or do
    you think they are providing a service
    to fellow drivers by reporting medically
    impaired drivers Question


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    Re: Beyond texting. Should medically impaired drivers be reported?

    Post by chi_solas on Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:38 am

    chi_solas wrote:Received this in my email box
    from Massachusetts AARP.

    Twisted Evil Rolling Eyes Evil or Very Mad Neutral

    Dear BRIDGET,

    There are new rules of the road in the commonwealth -- and they go beyond the ban on texting while driving. This month, AARP Bulletin takes a closer look at a major component of the Massachusetts safe driving law: medical reporting.

    The new law, which went into effect on September 30, creates a strong medical reporting system within the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Health care professionals, law enforcement and others may now voluntarily report medically impaired drivers to the RMV. Further, the RMV is charged with developing standards to help health care providers and others better assess a driver's ability to handle a vehicle safely, inlcuding the impact of functional and cognitive changes. AARP strongly supported strengthening the medical reporting system in Massachusetts - because similar systems have been proven to reduce crashes in other states.

    The new law also:

    Bans texting while driving.
    Mandates drivers age 75 and older to renew their licenses in person - and pass an eye exam - at five year intervals.
    Creates a "trigger system" to identify unsafe drivers and get them off the road; if a driver is involved in three surchargeable accidents within 24 months, he/she gets reassessed.
    To learn more about the new safe driving law, and how it will affect you, visit aarp.org/ma.

    Deborah Banda, State Director
    Linda Fitzgerald, State President

    Want to brush up on your driving skills? To find an AARP Driver Safety class near you, call 1-888-227-7669. Or take the course online.


    Do you think that healthcare providers
    should be watch dogs for the RMV or do
    you think they are providing a service
    to fellow drivers by reporting medically
    impaired drivers Question


    When we know the person impaired are we more
    likely not to report them. Neutral


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