A Daily news digest by Jasper van Santen

A.D.H.D. Challenges Those Seeking Driver’s License – NYTimes.com

In Nonsense on March 26, 2012 at 16:54

Should these kids even be driving? They’re a threat to themselves and everyone else on the road.

Perhaps they should be forced to wait until they’re older and have learned to deal with their distractions. 

“Learning to drive is hard and scary for many teenagers, and driving is far and away the most dangerous thing teenagers do. But the challenges are significantly greater for adolescents who, like Ms. Serpa, have attention deficit disorder.

A number of cognitive conditions can affect driving, and instructors report a recent increase in the number of teenagers with Asperger syndrome seeking licenses. But the largest group of challenged teenage drivers — and the mostly closely studied — appears to be those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A 2007 study, by Russell A. Barkley of the Medical University of South Carolina and Daniel J. Cox of the University of Virginia Health System, concluded that young drivers with A.D.H.D. are two to four times as likely as those without the condition to have an accident — meaning that they are at a higher risk of wrecking the car than an adult who is legally drunk.

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