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October 26, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(4):391. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070170132023

Despite better construction of automobiles and highways, the introduction of safety belts, and other safety measures and traffic regulations, the number of automobile accidents and accident fatalities has not decreased. In response to this continuing health hazard, a National Conference on the Medical Aspects of Driver Safety and Driver Licensing will convene in Chicago Nov 16 to 18, 1964.

Of the multiple factors relevant to automobile safety, one of the most important is driver proficiency. However, beyond mere technical proficiency, the driver must be medically qualified. Both technical proficiency and physical qualifications should be evaluated in the licensing procedure. All who can operate an automobile with safety to themselves and others should, of course, be licensed; but those who present an unwarranted risk should have their licenses restricted, withdrawn, or denied.

A statement by the AMA Committee on Medical Aspects of Automotive Safety,1 adopted by the AMA House of

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