Is there any law in South Carolina regarding restriction of driving after a stroke?

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Is there any law in South Carolina regarding restriction of driving privelidges after a stroke?

Expert Answer

Laura Juel is an occupational therapist at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She works in the Outpatient Occupational Therapy Program and the Duke Driving Program for older drivers.

South Carolina does not require a physician to notify DMV when a patient has had a stroke but they will accept information sent in.  Once a person's name is submitted to the DMV, and they have a new medical condition, they will most likely be turned over to the Medical Advisory Board.  This Board can require additional medical information as well as a clinical driving evaluation in order to keep their license.  Strokes affect people in different ways, but almost always slows their reaction times.  I would recommend that you speak with a medical provider about your concern.  A clinical driving evaluation could be a useful tool to see where there may be concerns that put a person at higher risk for a motor vehicle accident.  Frequently, changing driving habits can have an impact on a person's safety.  Check out the driving section under the Life tab on the website.  It offers some good information of things to be aware of when you are driving.