When a doctor tells you that you are medically unfit to drive – HEED THE WARNING. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, simply following this directive results in a dramatic drop in car accident numbers; roughly 45%.
The team analyzed data from Ontario, Canada where doctors have been required to report when patients have a condition that impacts their ability to drive safely. However, very few doctors actually issue such reports. So in 2006, the province of Ontario began paying physicians for reporting drivers who were medically unfit to drive. The doctors were paid approximately $36 for reporting a patient and giving the unfit-to-drive warning.
As a result of these warnings, approximately 10% to 30% of the patients had their driving license suspended. The researchers found that before the drivers received the unfit-to-drive warning, they suffered approximately 4.76 injuries in accidents for every 1000 drivers every year. However, in the year following the warning, these motorists received 2.73 injuries per 1000 drivers every year.
That is a steep drop of 45%!