Impact of partial liberalization of driver's license regulations on the driving behavior of people with epilepsy: experience from Croatia

Bielen, Ivan and Hajnšek, Sanja and Krmpotić, Pavao and Petelin, Željka and Šušak, Renata and Šepić-Grahovac, Dubravka and Sruk, Ana (2011) Impact of partial liberalization of driver's license regulations on the driving behavior of people with epilepsy: experience from Croatia. Epilepsy & Behavior, 21 (4). pp. 459-461. ISSN 1525-5050

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Abstract

Until 2005 Croatia had a driving ban for people with epilepsy (PWE) on antiepileptic therapy. To investigate the impact of partial liberalization of legislation, the results of polling performed in 1999 and 2009 were compared. The results revealed that in 1999, despite the driving ban, 46.9% of respondents had a driver's license, whereas in 2009, the majority of respondents with a driver's license (60.2%) fulfilled the requirement criterion of 2 years' remission. In both pollings, one-third of respondents answered that they were driving less often than other drivers. The rate of PWE who were driving was inversely proportional to the seizure rate. In 2009 a greater proportion stated that they drove motorcycles, and few PWE (<5%) declared they were driving more often than others. The inefficiency of rigid legislation and indicators of self-restraint of PWE may be arguments in favor of liberalization, but liberalization should be accompanied by appropriate education programs.

Item Type: Article
MeSH: Automobile Driving/legislation & jurisprudence ; Automobile Driving/psychology ; Croatia ; Epilepsy/psychology ; Humans ; Questionnaires
Departments: Katedra za neurologiju
Depositing User: Marijan Šember
Status: Published
Creators:
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Bielen, IvanUNSPECIFIED
Hajnšek, SanjaUNSPECIFIED
Krmpotić, PavaoUNSPECIFIED
Petelin, ŽeljkaUNSPECIFIED
Šušak, RenataUNSPECIFIED
Šepić-Grahovac, DubravkaUNSPECIFIED
Sruk, AnaUNSPECIFIED
Date: August 2011
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2012 13:42
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URI: http://medlib.mef.hr/id/eprint/1434

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