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Epilepsia. 1994 May-Jun;35(3):665-7.

Viewpoint of a driver with epilepsy.


Persons with seizure disorders are a varied group, but the group is treated indiscriminately when U.S. state laws restrict driving privileges on the basis of a seizure incident without regard for individual driving record, level of personal responsibility, or the almost insignificant danger posed to ourselves and other motorists. From the viewpoint of a driver with epilepsy, seven characteristics encompass a model driver licensing law, which would (a) be a proportionate response to the problem addressed; (b) be reasonable enough to ensure compliance; (c) empower the individual (as opposed to a medical advisory board exclusively) to participate in decisions; (d) consider each individual's circumstances; (e) be consistent with U.S. Public Law 95-602, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; (f) be based on performance rather than on medical incident; and (g) preserve for society the benefit of every driver's fullest participation.

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