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Alzheimer's disease sufferers' driving rights called into question

Alzheimer's disease sufferers' driving rights called into question
7th April 2009

Scientists are taking time to carefully consider when to officially deem it time for an Alzheimer's disease sufferer to stop driving, it has been announced.

According to a recent report by Associated Press, the situation is a key problem for many people and families dealing with the condition close to them, as it in turn means that they are a danger to the general public and themselves.

Jeffrey Dawson of the University of Iowa told the press agency: "That's a real cost to the individual and family and society.

"You have to have some sort of trade-off between the individual's independence along with the safety of the driver and with other people on the road."

He noted that there should be a gradual withdrawal from road use, starting with the avoidance of motorways before scaling back certain situations in inner-city or town driving, avoiding right-hand turns at junctions and driving at night in general.

The UK already uses a policy of only allowing people over 70 the right to drive after reapplication to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, more commonly known as the DVLA.

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