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december 2012

The latest data and information on at-risk drivers

The motor vehicle community conducts many programs to help ensure that drivers have the functional ability to drive safely. These programs include establishing driver fitness standards and assessment tools, conducting medical reviews, establishing partnerships with the medical community and agencies on aging, and restricting licenses to allow an individual to keep driving where possible. Recently jurisdictions have conducted several surveys related to the at-risk driver population and the anticipated increase in this population. All survey results can be found at Here’s a snapshot:

Older Driver Initiatives

Does your motor vehicle administrator have any processes in place to screen older drivers for their functional capacity to safely operate a motor vehicle?

No: 8 (unless cause is shown or when a complaint has been filed)
Yes: 17 (process can include in-person renewal requirement, shorter renewal period, vision test requirement, referral to driver safety officer or physical/occupational therapist)

Left Ventricular Assist Devices

If your MVA learns that a driver has a left ventricular assist device (LAVD) do you allow that driver to operate a motor vehicle?  If yes, under what circumstances?  If no, why not?

Yes: 17 (6 require doctors report, 6 require Medical Review Board approval)

Homonymous Hemianopsia

Does your motor vehicle administrator allow drivers to operate a motor vehicle if they have a documented Homonymous Hemianopsia (loss of half of the field of view on the same side in both eyes), Quadrantanopia (visual field loss in a quarter of the visual field of the eye), or Bitemporal Hemianopsia (blindness in the temporal half of the visual field in each eye)? If so, under what circumstances?

No: 4 
Yes: 18 (6 with report from physician, 3 with Medical Review Board approval, 9 if they meet visual acuity standards)