Viewpoint of a driver with epilepsy

Epilepsia. May-Jun 1994;35(3):665-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1994.tb02489.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
  • Automobile Driver Examination / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Epilepsy*
  • Humans
  • Maryland
  • State Government
  • United States