DriveABLE BC driving people to distraction

Dear editor.

Re: Removing someone's driver's licence not done lightly (Record, March 26).

Dear editor.

Re: Removing someone’s driver’s licence not done lightly (Record, March 26).

I would like to thank Betty Wiegerinck for starting this discussion about DriveABLE BC.

In a response from Stephanie Melvin, deputy superintendent of Motor Vehicles, she addresses the issue as “removal not done lightly.”

I disagree.

I am 51 years old, far from a senior (as far as any senior benefits go) and three years ago took some sleep tests to figure out sleep apnea (a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep).

Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from at least 10 seconds to minutes, and may occur five to 30 times or more an hour.

Similarly, each abnormally low-breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or “sleep study.”

While answering a questionnaire, I chose a “wrong” answer about feeling sleepy behind the wheel. Bad mistake.

Because of this, after three sleep tests in Nanaimo, where they could not test properly because of my inability to sleep while attached to the machinery, licence revoked! I was 48.

Since then, with over and over apnea testing, handing over my SIMcard from my apnea machine, they still cannot get it together enough to return my licence.

My last Oximetry test shows me as being as normal as the next person. I have never fallen asleep randomly during the day (this is known as narcolepsy).

I got a letter yesterday from BCService to fill out, one more time, with my doctor. If this attempt passes, I have an almost $500 bill through ICBC to pay, even though I was unlicensed and they continued to take money from my bank account for insurance.

So, Ms. Melvin, this is not only seniors, this is an “age not required” issue, a misworded test issue.

I am tired of having people drive me all over for the past three years. I am tired of people giving me the runaround, first off the doctor at the sleep clinic. (Maybe I should not use the word tired!).

To him, shame. To me, shame for taking so long to right a clear wrong.

To the DMV? Double shame for shaming people into non-driving. Ms. Betty Wiegerinck, I feel your pain.

Helen Henderson,

Cumberland

Just Posted

VIDEO: Whale and sea lions at play near Mitlenatch Island

It was a spectacular sight Sunday evening near Mitlenatch Island for Thomas… Continue reading

Mainroad prepares to clear North Island roads this winter

Mainroad North Island Contracting LP’s road servicing contract began Sept. 1

Hamir brings agriculture to the Comox Valley Regional District forefront

Air quality also high on priority list for new Area B director

NIC to host Robert R. Brown, author of ‘Wealthing Like Rabbits’

What do zombies, Star Trek and rabbits have in common? Find out at NIC’s Comox Valley campus

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Canada Post strikes leaves small shops in the lurch as holidays approach: CFIB

Rotating strikes began in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and Windsor

Comox Valley gives back

A look at some of the organizations and individuals who help out in the community

New monitoring of vessel noise impact on endangered whales announced

Federal government to monitor underwater ship and mammal noise in B.C.’s Salish Sea

Used election signs could serve as emergency shelters, B.C. candidate says

Langley Township council hopeful wants to build one-person foul weather shelters for homeless

Liberals write off $6.3 billion in loans as part of money never to be collected

That includes student loans and a $2.6 billion write off that came through Export Development Canada

Trudeau, McKenna to announce compensation for federal carbon plan

Provinces that don’t have a carbon price of at least $20 per tonne of emissions will have Ottawa’s plan forced on them

UPDATE: American rapper killed in skydiving accident

Man, 34, dies in skydiving accident Saturday near Westwold, between Vernon and Kelowna

Man who died at BC Ferries terminal shot himself as police fired: watchdog

Officers didn’t commit any offence, says police watchdog office

Voter turnout at 36% in B.C.’s municipal election

Vancouver saw 39% turnout, Surrey saw 33%

Most Read