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#519876 - 09/08/19 02:01 AM Drivers license suspended because of AS?
pat5star Offline

Registered: 03/24/02
Posts: 21
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Hi all,

I just found out my license is suspended (ontario, canada) because a dr. reported me to the MTO. I’m absolutely furious about this because I’ve driven all my life (even professionally for many years as an OTR trucker, running all Canada & USA) and I’m accident free and don’t have a blemish on my drivers abstract...not even a speeding ticket or even a parking ticket for that matter!

I suspect it was my family dr. but don’t know for sure, yet. I remember him questioning me about driving last year once because he was concerned about my lack of range of motion with my neck and we talked about it some. I told him I had no problems viewing my mirrors and that I had even added those little convex mirrors to my side mirrors which help eliminate blind spots. He seemed to be very concerned about me having to back up in situations such as parking lots (think Walmart) but I assured him that I don’t have any problems and besides, as a trucker for many years I’m very used to and comfortable with relying on mirrors. Hell, even before I lost my range of motion in my neck I NEVER looked back over my shoulder to back-up, I’ve always relied on my mirrors for that. We ended this conversation by him suggesting that I do my best to avoid situations where I would have to back-up anywhere and I agreed that I would try to minimize that happening.

I wasn’t expecting this suspension at all and I’m not sure yet what I can do. It certainly has me in a very serious bind however because I own my own home in a very rural area and have no access to public transportation and very few neighbours, and none that I wish to be bothering for rides and grocery shopping and things like that!

I honestly am confident in stating that I am not a risk to others while driving but even with that I only ever make a couple trips a month to town anyhow, for running errands and medical appt’s and such. I feel this is VERY unfair and don’t know what I can do if I can’t get my license back. This is such a shock to me and was so completely unexpected.

Has anyone else had a similar problem and if so, how have you dealt with it? In Ontario, as far as I know, there is no requirement that one must be able to turn their head enough to be able to look over their shoulder. How could they require that anyways? Think of all the delivery vehicles and trucks and other such vehicles where you can ONLY use your mirrors! Also, they don’t require people wearing neck braces to refrain from they? Damn this gift of AS just keeps giving and giving :-(

#519878 - 09/11/19 12:09 AM Re: Drivers license suspended because of AS? [Re: pat5star]
DragonSlayer Offline
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Registered: 09/05/01
Posts: 6097
Loc: Reno or SFLU Philippines
Hello, pat5star!

I have struggled with this point for many years now. I'm usually driving with my wife and/or friend who both know to be backseat drivers always. To see full view, I have to twist my whole body, which is time consuming and uncomfortable, but I do it when I need to.

I mean, well, You especially can imagine going into traffic on faith that they got things right! Some odd angles require just this, so it is rather daunting.

About 3-4 months yearly, we live in Philippines, where I would not drive if I were "normal!" They ignore lanes there and traffic flows by what I call "swarm insinuation," where by chance one vehicle begins an opening in traffic and a swarm follows opportunistically.

Rest of the time, however, it is something I have considered--that is to just stop driving. I recently used Uber instead of renting a car and found it was a pretty great experience so I might begin using this kind of service. Almost got a new car with surround cameras and this in future might be a solution--and when Tesla and these companies get self-driving vehicles that are less risky, I'm going this route! (pun)

But the terrible thing I agree is that a physician took the time to torpedo Your driving privilege! Is there are way this can be contested? Perhaps go to all Your doctors with a statement that You NEED to continue driving and show Your proficiency. Find someone who gave driving tests at the DMV and in an unofficial capacity have them rate You and sign off as an expert witness! I don't know whether this would work, but it might be worth a try.

Best thing I did preparing for this was to teach my wife to drive--and we are still married! Seriously she nearly gave up even after I bought a car for her with automatic! NOW we have one vehicle that is really too big for either of us--it is a behemoth but she wanted to be comfortable on long trips.

I hope You find a way out of Your situation! There were a few years I drove without a licence--between trips abroad. Won't bore You with the long version of story of one kind officer who stopped me and said he had "real criminals" to fight and made me promise to get current!


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#519883 - 09/17/19 06:16 AM Re: Drivers license suspended because of AS? [Re: pat5star]
Dotyisle Offline

Registered: 03/07/02
Posts: 9462
Loc: Rosario, Argentina
Hello Pat5Star,

Have not heard this prior. My father had fused neck and would have to shift in drivers seat to check both ways. He was very careful driver and in all his years of driving was never responsible for an accident. Was in one accident that he was stopped at red light and someone hit him from behind.

Best to you getting the license back.

AS may win some battles, but I will win the war.

KONK - Keep ON Kicking


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