Seniors need their vehicles

I cannot help wondering when ICBC got into the medical profession of diagnosing dementia.

Regarding the letter from Patrician Swen, “Licence rules unfair.”

I cannot help wondering when ICBC got into the medical profession of diagnosing dementia. This is something only doctors can really determine. Just because someone cannot remember a set of words told to them, that does not prove them to be a bad  driver. When you are on the road your concentration is on what’s happening around you, not on what has been said. Being vigilant in driving is more important for preventing accidents. That’s why a person’s driving record should be taken into consideration for preventing mishaps and if necessary a road test.

Also, there is another aspect. We live in a community of senior citizens. Most often they are the necessary volunteers helping any number of organizations with their free time. They need to get around by themselves. These people are badly needed. If their driver’s licence is taken from them because nervousness made them forget words said to them, their usefulness is taken away, their health starts to deteriorate causing medical difficulties, and everyone loses.

 

Marianne Hartmann

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