Why does the California DMV Suspend a Driver License for Syncope?

Why does the California DMV Suspend a Driver License for Syncope?


– [Voiceover] Okay. Video number three. – Hi. My name is Rob Collier. I am the President and CEO of
California Drivers Advocates. Today I’d like to talk to
you about a medical term called Syncope, and why
the DMV will suspend a person’s driver’s license,
if you’ve had such an event. Syncope, basically to cut to the chase, is an episode of fainting or passing out. Most often, Syncope is vasovagal. In other words, Vasovagal Syncope. This can be caused by prolonged
standing, heat exposure, dehydration, seeing blood,
having your blood drawn. Any number of things can cause
a person’s blood pressure to drop, their pulse rate to drop, and they just lose consciousness. And that’s the key element, Syncope means that you have
lost consciousness or control, and those are key words
for the California DMV. The DMV is concerned about a
person who suffers Syncope, even if the event didn’t
occur while driving, because the reality is such an event could occur while driving. So the DMV’s concern is about
what could potentially happen. Now obviously, if you had an
Syncopal event while driving, and you crash your car,
that’s self evident. But the DMV will also go
after a person who has had an event of Syncope in a park. So the reality is that
the DMV is looking forward to the potential outcomes
of what could occur if you have an event
and you crash your car. If you have received an order
of suspension or revocation, because you have had a
lapse of consciousness, related to Syncope, don’t be alarmed. Yes, you’re being taken off the road, Yes, your freedom of movement is being temporarily restrained But you can win these hearings. They can be won. I have been doing it for 20 years, and I can tell you that, done correctly, You can get yourself back on the road. So if you have any questions, just give us a call, or
take a look at our website. Thank you very much.