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December 7, 1964

Medical Profession Could Help Improve Licensing of Drivers

JAMA. 1964;190(10):34. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070230106061

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The medical profession can make its major contribution to reducing the number of auto accidents by helping to develop effective guidelines for driver licensing, said Paul V. Joliet, MD, chief of the Division of Accident Prevention of the US Public Heath Service.

Joliet, addressing the National Conference on the Medical Aspects of Driver Safety and Driver Licensing Nov 16 through 18 in Chicago, said that methods must be developed to "permit removal of as many hazardous drivers from the road as possible," but "must not deprive safe drivers of a license through the erroneous assumption that disability per se means unsafe driving."

He suggested a research program to obtain definitive data on the relationship of single disabilities, multiple disabilities, and disabilities in connection with other variables to safe-driving ability.

He also recommended that in each state, the state medical society, state driver licensing authority, and state health department unite to

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