When Can People Living With Epilepsy Legally Drive?
posted on March 26, 2018
In honour of Purple Day and National Epilepsy Awareness Month here is some information about when it is legal to drive while living with epilepsy. In order to make sure that your epilepsy does not lead to a car crash that may cause further brain trauma you need to know when it is safe to drive.
According to The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO),
You may drive with a seizure disorder in Ontario, if:
- Medication appears to have prevented your seizures AND:
- you have been free from seizures for 6 months and your medication does not impair your consciousness (e.g., doesn’t cause drowsiness), or cause poor coordination or muscle control.
- your physician believes you are a conscientious patient who will take your medication responsibly and follow all the physician’s instructions carefully.
- you are under regular medical supervision and your physician believes you will report to him/her immediately should any further seizure(s) occur.
- You have had a single spontaneous seizure unrelated to any toxic illness and for which a full neurological examination reveals no form of epileptic activity.
- You have seizures only during sleep or immediately upon awakening (nocturnal seizures) and it has either been 6 months since your last seizure OR if you still have seizures, the pattern has been consistent for at least 1 year.
- You have simple partial seizures and it has either been 6 months since your last seizure OR if you still have seizures, the pattern has been consistent for at least 1 year; you also must have favourable assessment from a treating physician or neurologist, no impairment in your level of consciousness/cognition, and no head or eye deviation.
- You have been seizure-free for at least 6 months, but had a seizure after decreasing medication under your physician’s advice and supervision. You may drive once you have resumed taking your previous medication at the prescribed dosage.
For a detailed Canada wide guide check out the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), Determining Driver Fitness in Canada.
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