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Epilepsia. 2007;48 Suppl 9:10-2.

An overview of epilepsy and driving.

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Division of Neurology, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.


Operating a motor vehicle is important to people with epilepsy (PWE). Being allowed to legally drive, largely depends on being seizure free for a defined period of time and being physically capable. Each patient's driving situation should be considered individually with advice offered guided by the goals of maximizing safety for both PWE and the public. There are considerable risks associated with driving for PWE or other medical conditions. Unfortunately, laws that govern driving are not uniform from state to state or country to country, requiring individual practitioners to be familiar with the local regulations. Good medical care leading to improved seizure control may allow PWE to drive and improve their quality of life. The privilege of driving a motor vehicle is important for many people with and without epilepsy. Many factors impact the ability to drive and laws governing driving and epilepsy are quite variable around the USA and the world. Being restricted from driving due to seizures represents a significant event in one's life affecting independence, sometimes employment and quality of life. The privilege of operating a motorized vehicle is granted by some form of governmental agency in virtually every state and country.

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