Saturday, July 09, 2005

Drinker loses license

Pennsylvania news:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ? A state appellate court has rejected an appeal from a Lebanon man whose driver's license was revoked by the state after he told doctors he drank more than a six-pack of beer a day. ...

Under a law that dates to the 1960s, doctors in Pennsylvania must report any physical or mental impairments in patients over 15 years old that could compromise their ability to drive safely. The law requires an indefinite recall of the license until the driver can prove he or she is competent to drive. ...

PennDOT receives about 40,000 medical reports and recalls 5,000 to 6,000 licenses a year, according to officials at the agency, but it does not keep any statistics on its reasons for doing so.
I guess you have to be careful about telling your physician about your beer drinking. It is entirely possible that this man never did any drunk driving, and yet he is punished anyway. I don't believe the line about keeping statistics. They just cannot defend what they are doing.

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