Michigan doctors back bills to report unfit drivers
AP/Chicago Tribune, September 29, 2008
Some patients who have suffered seizures or blackouts get behind the wheel anyway, not waiting to see if their unconscious spells or other medical issues persist. But Michigan physicians worry about getting sued if they alert the secretary of state's office to unfit drivers. Bills passed by the state Senate are designed to fix the problem by shielding doctors from lawsuits. Physicians wouldn't have to warn the state about drivers whose physical or mental conditions make them unfit to drive, but the legislation would specifically allow them to act.