The Idaho Senate Monday approved legislation that would shield doctors from lawsuits if they tell the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) that someone shouldn't be driving. The legislation would suggest that physicians tell patients or their families when they tell ITD that they should give up their driver's license.
Darrell Kerby, who is replacing Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, whose husband is recovering from heart surgery, said the legislation would help physicians come forward and ease the burden of families trying to encourage people to stop driving. Kerby said the legislation is geared toward people who have medical conditions that prevent them from safely driving. “This bill is really not geared to the senior population,” he said.
The proposal now heads to the House. Read IdahoReporter.com's first story on the legislation here. The text of the legislation is available here.