May 2, 2013
Attorney Steve Gursten, head of Michigan Auto Law, was featured on the Mitch Albom radio show as an expert on elderly driving, and discussed a new Michigan law that affects older drivers.
You can listen to the whole interview here.
The new law, Public Act 354 and Public Act 355, allows doctors to alert the Michigan Secretary of State if the doctor thinks a patient’s medical condition makes unfit to drive.
Some of the medical conditions include dementia, Alzheimer’s, vision loss and other age-related problems that affect older drivers. Doctors can give recommendations for time the patients’ should stay off the road before being reviewed by the state.
The host, Warren Pierce, asked Steve about how the new law would affect drivers and the elderly.
Steve told the Mitch Albom show that an essential problem with the law is that it doesn’t actually protect the elderly or other drivers on the road. It’s basically a medical lobby effort to give the doctors immunity for not reporting and doing nothing at the expense of public safety.