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This is the number one reason drivers get their license suspended, and it’ll shock you

This year the focus has rightly been on road safety after the horrific summer road toll sparked action.

The spotlight has especially been on repeat offenders, but the leading cause of drivers license suspensions isn’t what you think.

It’s not unpaid fines or speeding infringements, but medical problems.

Last year more than 100,000 drivers in New South Wales alone were deemed unfit to drive by their doctors due to a medical condition such as diabetes and dementia.

Unbelievably doctors aren’t obliged to report a patient who’s unfit to drive, with the Australian Medical Association saying mandatory reporting of patients to authorities could be dangerous.

Vice President of the NSW Australia Medical Association Dr Kean-Seng Lim tells Chris Smith doctors have a responsibility to keep the roads as safe as possible but aren’t “the judge or jury”.

“The problem, unfortunately, is that if a patient thinks that their doctor is going to report them… it might actually mean that the patient will not tell their doctor everything and then we have another problem.”

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