Senior drivers need watching

There are 700,522 people over the age of 64 in British Columbia.

There are 700,522 people over the age of 64 in British Columbia.

One study determined that “among elderly people living in the community … 15.8 per cent had cognitive impairment but no dementia, and 4.3 per cent had dementia.”

A person with dementia should not drive; a person with cognitive impairment but no dementia should have an assessment of driving ability.  Therefore, there are (700,522 x (0.158 + 0.043)) 140,805 people in B.C. who either should not drive or whose driving ability should be assessed.

Another study found that among people with dementia or cognitive impairment without dementia, at most eight per cent reported that they had dementia.

Since 92 per cent of people with cognitive impairment do not report that they have cognitive impairment, there are about 129,540 people who may be driving with cognitive impairment.

The Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles has the legal responsibility to assure that a person who has a driver’s license can drive safely. It would be prudent for the OSMV to formally assess the driving ability of older drivers every few years.

Robert Shepherd

Saanich

 

 

Just Posted

Victoria saw more snowfall this month compared to other major cities

Victoria normally sees about 6 cm of snow in February

‘Two chicks by the sea’ saved by their guardian angels

North Saanich Fire Department rescues two snowed-in seniors

Car crashes into Fairfield gas pump after driver has medical emergency

One pump at the Fairfield Petro Auto Centre will need to be replaced

Nine jobs at the Victoria Police Department at risk after budget decision

VicPD Chief Const. Del Manak said the police department is being treated ‘unfairly’

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Most Read