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State approves rules on driver impairment

Age, illness aren’t themselves factors in giving up keys

State health regulators unanimously approved rules on Wednesday that define when a person is too cognitively or functionally impaired to drive safely.

After a brief discussion the state Public Health Council, an appointed panel of physicians, consumer advocates, and professors, adopted the rules to give health care providers guidance in evaluating when drivers should be required to give up their car keys.

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