PRODUCTIVITY: Have the doctor “rat out” the old driver

Reporting A Concern 

Serious concerns about an individual’s driving skills can be reported to the MVC’s Medical Review Unit using the process described below. The Medical Review Unit screens and establishes cases based on referrals from medical professionals, police, courts, social workers and family members. Physicians are required by law to notify the MVC if patient suffers from a recurrent seizure, recurrent periods of unconsciousness or for impairment or loss of motor coordination due to conditions such as, but not limited to, epilepsy. (NJSA 39:3-10.4).

Anonymous reports cannot be accepted.

The American Medical Association (AMA) 1999 ethical guidelines states that all physicians are ethically responsible for notifying their state motor vehicle department if they believe a patient may not be able to drive safely.

In order to report a concern:

Write a letter detailing the motorist’s medical condition and as much of the following information as possible: name and address, driver license number and date of birth. Include your full name and address, your relationship to the driver and your observations regarding the person’s driving safety.

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Having ruined a family relationship by “taking away the keys”, when the situation arose gain, I recommended making the person’s doctor the villain in this particular morality play.

So what if you have spend a few extra eons in Purgatory for a “little white lie”, it’s better than an eternity in Hell for your part in maimin or killing someone.


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