State approves rules on driver impairment
Age, illness aren’t themselves factors in giving up keys
State health regulators Wednesday unanimously approved rules that define when a person is too cognitively or functionally impaired to drive safely. The state Public Health Council, an appointed panel of physicians, consumer advocates, and professors, adopted the rules after a brief discussion, to give health care providers guidance in evaluating when drivers should be required to give up their car keys. The rules make clear that age and illness are not by themselves disqualifying.