A Michigan law allows doctors to alert state officials if they believe that a patient's medical condition makes it unsafe for them to drive.
The law was approved late last year and clarifies a doctor's responsibilities when faced with a patient who has vision loss, dementia, or other age-related health problems that could threaten their driving abilities.
Supporters of the law say it will help keep the public safer on the roads.
Roberta Habowski, who works finding transportation for seniors through the Southfield Area Agency on Aging, told the Detroit Free Press this law is a "big issue" with the growing senior population.
â??Itâ??s a difficult talk to have and not always well received,â?? she said. â??How would you feel if I took away your car keys today?â??
Officials say the law shields doctors from liability if something goes wrong on the road. The law mirrors laws in other states.
The change was supported by
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
. Johnson's office says they get about 400 requests per month to double-check a driver's ability. About half are from law enforcement, while others tend to come from family members or doctors.
With the changes in the new law, Johnson's office will likely see an increase in doctors' letters as more doctors become aware of the law.