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§ 16-119. Reports made to Administration of disorders affecting license holders

West's Annotated Code of MarylandTransportationEffective: October 1, 2008

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Transportation
Title 16. Vehicle Laws--Drivers' Licenses (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. Issuance, Expiration, and Renewal of Licenses (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2008
MD Code, Transportation, § 16-119
§ 16-119. Reports made to Administration of disorders affecting license holders
Disorders involving lapses of consciousness or failures to comply with vision requirements
(a) The Maryland Department of Health, together with the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty and the State Board of Examiners in Optometry, shall define:
(1) Disorders characterized by lapses of consciousness; and
(2) Disorders that result in a corrected visual acuity that fails to comply with the vision requirements of this subtitle.
Report by physician or other person authorized to diagnose, detect, or treat disorders
(b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, any physician and any other person authorized to diagnose, detect, or treat disorders defined under subsection (a) of this section may report to the Medical Advisory Board and to the subject of the report, in writing, the full name, date of birth, and address of each individual 15 years old or older who has any such disorder.
(2) Unless authorized by the individual in writing, a report may not be made from information derived from the diagnosis or treatment of any individual on whom a confidential or privileged relationship is conferred by law.
Examination of affected individuals
(c) On receipt of a report under this section, the Administration shall:
(1) As soon as practicable, arrange for an examination of each reported individual who holds a driver's license; and
(2) If the individual fails to meet the requirements of this subtitle, cancel his license.
Confidentiality of reports
(d)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the reports made to the Administration under this section:
(i) Are confidential;
(ii) May be disclosed only on court order; and
(iii) May be used only to determine the qualifications of an individual to drive.
(2) The Administration may use information in the reports it receives for the purpose of driver safety research, provided that personal information is not published or disclosed.
(3) The Administration may contract with third parties to assist with driver safety research.
(4) A person may not use these reports for any other purpose.
Civil or criminal actions against person making report
(e) A civil or criminal action may not be brought against any person who makes a report under this section and who does not violate any confidential or privileged relationship conferred by law.
Use of report as evidence
(f) A report made under this section may not be used as evidence in any civil or criminal trial, except in a legal action involving an alleged violation of a confidential or privileged relationship conferred by law.

Credits

Added by Acts 1977, c. 14, § 2, eff. July 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1981, c. 9, § 1; Acts 2008, c. 423, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, c. 424, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2017, c. 62, § 6.
Formerly Art. 66 ½, § 6-110.3.
MD Code, Transportation, § 16-119, MD TRANS § 16-119
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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