Several have cried foul, claiming the law violates the privacy rights of the patient.
When someone gets behind the wheel and pulls out onto a public roadway, that person is responsible not only for him or herself, but for all the other people who share the road.
We’re all for the confidentiality of the relationship between a doctor and a patient — but when that privacy puts others at risk, then we agree that doctors should have the right, and the moral responsibility, to step in and say something.
While this will undoubtedly keep our roads safer, this law also lends a helping hand to those who have aging parents or grandparents who are no longer fit, be it physically or mentally, to get behind the wheel.
A son or daughter's attempt to take that right away from Mom or Dad could lead to hurt feelings and plenty of family strife. Having a health care professional step in and make the call takes the responsibility out of the hands of the family.
We typically take exception to laws that infringe on our freedoms, but we’re willing to make an exception when those laws are clearly aimed at making the world a safer place, and this is an obvious example of that.
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