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"Caution urged in reissuing license to senior citzen"


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9/12/2013
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Linda Wiseman sounds like a very caring daughter.

The type of lady who would have her  84 year old father's best interests  front and center.

That's what makes her comments in a story authored by Stephanie Ip ( Sept 12/13 Province Newspaper) so compelling.

" Wiseman said her father was 'forgetting things and unble to find his way to familiar places' when the family decided to write a letter to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, requesting that this license be suspended in April 2011."

"  'It was a sad day for both my father and us, as his long time passion has always been the automobile," Wiseman stated

However, accordingly to the Province, Wiseman's father had no intention of surrendering his license and sought out the approval of a doctor.

 Mr. Wisemen attempted but was unable to pass the reaction testing required  in order to get a doctor to approve of his ability to operate a car.

Thereafter, Mr. Wiseman hired a lawyer to dispute the testing and was able to successfully argue that he be allowed to retake the reaction testing.

According to the Province newspaper article, Mr. Wisemen eventually regain his driver's license and about one month later was involved in a serious car accident whereby he struck a telephone pole and  was hospitalized for 5 days.

Quite frankly, Linda Wiseman's story is both sad and instructive.

And as B.C's population continues to age the reissuing of driver's licenses and senior citizens is going to become an increasingly thorny one.

Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a senior citizen?

Are you interested in chatting about the issue of what restrictions are reasonable when it comes to the reissuing of driver's licenses to senior citizens?

If so, give me a call at 604-255-9018 or drop me a line at [email protected]

Jeff Witten



Category: Car Accidents


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