Apparently in some states, the required disclosures include statements about mental or emotional impairments that may affect driving safety.
A mother recently shared with us that her twenty-one year old son was asked on his driver license application if he had any mental illnesses. He was honest and said he had bipolar disorder. He was issued a license, but pending an investigation of the extent to which his mental illness might impair his driving. Medical forms were sent to his psychiatrist, but they were never returned to the department of motor vehicles and the state suspended his license. Ouch!
A couple of years ago, PegHost divulged a personal experience with learning the fact that the laws do apply to prescriptions as it relates to driving under the influence. She shares, “I am writing to share with you a harsh lesson I learned through a personal experience. I hope my incident will help others avoid a similar debacle. DUI means driving under the influence of not only alcohol and illegal drugs, but also medications prescribed by our doctors. If you don't know your meds, find out about them. Then get a second opinion before you get behind the wheel of a car!”
We haven’t talked about driving and mental illnesses a lot so I thought I would see what your experiences are with this. Have you had run-ins with law because an episode or a prescription messed with your ability to drive? Does your state’s department of motor vehicles ask about mental or emotional impairments to driving on their application? If so, how have you answered this question? Share your experiences with a comment and take our poll.