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AMA Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers

The safety of older drivers has long been a concern of the AMA and the American Academy of Family Physicians. As associations representing and speaking to doctors, each has developed manuals and information pages to assist members and medical colleagues in counseling older drivers. NHTSA sponsored the development of the AMA Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers. A new version was released in March 2010 and the pdf version along with information on how to obtain a CD ROM can be accessed by clicking here.

The AMA web site also has information on why older drivers are at risk

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State Licensing Requirements and Reporting Laws

Each state has its own licensing and license renewal criteria for drivers of private motor vehicles. In addition, certain states require physicians to report unsafe drivers or drivers with specific medical conditions to the driver licensing agency. The "State Licensing Requirements and Reporting Laws" document contains licensing agency contact information, license requirements and renewal criteria, reporting procedures, and Medical Advisory Board information listed by state. These materials are provided to physicians as a reference to aid them in discharging their legal responsibilities and can be accessed by clicking here.

Florida’s Medical Advisory Board

Information on Florida’s Medical Advisory Board which is governed by Section 322.125, F.S., can be accessed by Clicking Here., which is sponsored by TransAnalytics Health & Safety Services includes information on medical fitness to drive, medications that might impair driving, screening and assessment, and training/remediation. This information can be accessed by Clicking Here.

Driver safety in older adults

"Driver safety in older adults: The physician’s role in assessing driving skills of older patients" an article written by Germaine L. Odenheimer, M.D. in Volume 61, Number 10 in Geriatrics can be accessed by Clicking Here.

For more information and resources, please visit Florida's Safe and Mobile Seniors.