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How Do Medical Conditions Play Into Licensing WA Drivers?

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We now know a medical issue could have caused a local teen to hit and kill a young woman. We now know a medical issue could have caused a local teen to hit and kill a young woman.
KENNEWICK, WA - We now know a medical issue could have caused a local teen to hit and kill a young woman.

Many of our viewers asked us on Facebook ‘If the teen had a medical condition, why was she driving?' The exact condition hasn't been released yet so it's unclear what caused 16 year-old Tara N. Batey to hit 26-year-old Raquel Middleton on August 23rd.

Police tell us they had to get a warrant to request medical records that showed the teen's condition. NBC Right Now got on the phone with the Department of Licensing and officials told us that you are not required to report medical conditions to them. Often times it's actually up to the physician or a member of the public to file a form requesting a reexamination of a person's ability to drive safely.

"These examinations or there redeterminations of ability to drive can result in a driver having their privileges suspended or even cancanceled they're a threat to public safety," said David Bennett who works as a communications consultant for the Washington Department of Licensing.

A doctor can also write a note to the DOL explaining their patient's ability to drive, which would help determine whether a license should be suspended.

If you know someone that you think might need to be reexamined, you can fill out one of the forms on the Department of Licensing's web site. You can follow a link to that form here: http://www.dol.wa.gov/forms/500008.pdf 
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