Number of Florida drivers deemed physically/mentally unfit has doubled in last decade…

According to an article on PNJ.com,  the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles revoked 7,716 licenses last year for medical reasons compared with 3,559 in 2000.

WHY?

Many were related to dementia, stroke and seizures.

Most motorists lost their privileges because they didn’t submit more detailed medical information requested by the state to show they still should be able to drive.

A little-known Florida law allows anyone to notify the state about motorists with physical or mental conditions that could impair their driving.

The article also notes that the growing number of elderly residents in FL could also be contributing to the increase.  “Nearly one in five residents now is older than 65, according to census data.”

To read the article in its entirety, click on the link below:

http://www.pnj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110240308

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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