The ombudsman says the number of serious motor vehicle accidents with drivers having medical conditions could have been reduced if the provincial government had been more proactive in tracking such drivers.
The latest report of Andre Marin reviewed the fatal 2009 car crash caused by a diabetic Hamilton driver who was experiencing severe uncontrolled hypoglycemia.
As per the report, Allan Maki ate a snack to increase blood sugar level before the accident, but didn’t wait to make sure he is able to drive.
Marin says the driver was convicted of dangerous driving causing death after the collision, but MTO has failed to suspend his driver license right after the crash happened.
The ombudsman found inconsistencies, mistakes and bureaucratic failures in an ‘outdated’ reporting and monitoring drivers with potentially unsafe medical conditions system.
Good news is the ministry of transportation has agreed to implement all of his 19 recommendations to improve the system, Marin says.