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Medial Reasons for the Probation or Suspension of Licenses by the DMV A lot of people suffer from disorders characterized by lapses of consciousness which are caused by many medical conditions. Epilepsy is the most common disorder that is seen by the DMV. Regulations regarding lapses of consciousness disorders are contained in the state code of regulations. Epilepsy can occur to a driver of any age and it is something that is remitted spontaneously, although it is not considered a diseases. A person who has epilepsy has recurring seizures. The real cause of epileptic seizures are not specifically known. Infection, trauma, stroke, tumor, high fever, injury, birth injury, overdose of toxins from drugs to alcohol, metabolic imbalances, or genetics, are some factors that can hinder normal brain functions and can cause epileptic seizures. Loss of awareness or loss of consciousness can also be attributed to sleep disorders. Doctors are not able to remedy every occurrence of lapse of consciousness disorder. A driver having a lapse of consciousness disorder can be subject to different actions prescribed to be taken. The four types of action for drivers with this type of disorder are: no action, undergo medical probation, suspension or revocation of license.
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With the authority given them under the vehicle code, the DMV puts a driving privilege on probation instead of suspension or revocation. In this medical probation, the department has to monitor the medical condition of the drive on ongoing basis.
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if a driver has lapse of consciousness disorder then he can fall under two kind of medical probation. Under medical probation, a person can still continue driving if he has controlled epilepsy and other disorders characterized by a lapse of consciousness. A medical probation status is given if a driver has achieved control his lapse of consciousness disorder for at least three months. One type of medical probation is for drivers who has achieved control for three to five months. This medical probation requires the driver to authorize his treating physician to complete the Driver Medical Evaluation and submit to the DMV on a prescribed basis. There are some considerations in placing a driver under this type of medical probation. Seizure type, seizure manifestations, seizure history, medical and lifestyle history, and the seizure free period prior to the last episode, and the considerations for placing a driver under this type of medical probation. In the second type of medical probation drivers have achieved control of their disorder for more than six months, yet there are factors that point to the possibility of another seizure. The driver is required to report regularly to the department on the status of his disorder, for this type of medical probation. The basis for placing a driver under this second type of medical probation is his medical history and established reliability. The driver’s honesty in complying to the requirements is the reliability factor to consider.