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California DMV Pilot Program Aimed at Identifying Driver Impairments

October 04, 2007

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- A new Department of Motor Vehicles pilot project in California is aimed at better identifying driver impairments that pose a risk on the road.If the pilot program is successful, California drivers could face more stringent tests designed to evaluate their vision, memory and reflexes, the Los Angeles Times reported. The program includes equipping DMV offices with machines that measure response times. Some drivers will be offered licenses that restrict them from operating vehicles outside their own neighborhood or from driving during specified hours of the day.Over the past few months, six northern California DMV field offices carried out a trial run of the new tests. A DMV spokesperson told the Times that the DMV expects to reach preliminary conclusions by 2010 and report to state legislators the following year. DMV officials say the tests aren't targeting senior drivers; they are aimed at identifying any drivers who pose a safety risk.
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