Jacksonville Area Chosen for Pilot Project on At-Risk Drivers
CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator
October 31, 2003
TALLAHASSEE – Reporting at-risk drivers is the focus of a pilot project that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will be conducting in the Greater Jacksonville area from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.
The project will test whether the number of at-risk drivers referred to the department for medical review will increase as a result of steps the department takes to publicize that process.
Most medical referrals come from physicians, law enforcement officers, and the general public. Therefore, during this pilot project, the department will be reaching out to those groups with additional information about the review process.
A referral triggers a review process that’s designed to be fair to the driver being referred. The outcome may be revocation or restriction of the driving privilege, but the process also may lead to corrective action that enables the person continue driving.
Many of the drivers referred for medical review are senior citizens, but drivers of any age with medical or vision problems may be referred. The process may entail retesting the driver’s vision or driving skills or a full-scale medical evaluation.
The name of the person who refers a driver for medical review is confidential. In addition, records relating to medical referrals are exempt from disclosure under Florida’s public records law.
The reporting form (DHSMV 72190) is available at driver license offices and on the department’s website, www.flhsmv.gov. Citizens may also obtain additional information or ask to have a form sent to them by calling the department’s Customer Service Center.
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