Current through Register Vol. 40, No. 6, March 31, 2022
The words and phrases defined herein have the same meaning in
this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided. In this
(a) "Altered consciousness"
means a state of awareness characterized by loss or distortion of the
impressions made by the senses or inability to respond to the impressions made
by the senses.
means an examination of a person's use of chemicals and development of a driver
safety rehabilitation plan for the person by an approved public treatment
(c) "Chemical" means
alcohol, a drug as defined in §20 2 22(12), or a controlled substance as
defined in §20 2 22 through 31, Code of Ala.
skill" means the ability to think, perceive and remember.
(e) "Co existing" or "co morbid" means that
more than one condition is present at the same time.
(f) "Corrective lens" means an ophthalmic
lens, whether an eyeglass or a contact lens, that corrects the refraction error
or other optically correctable deficiency of the eye.
(g) "Driving evaluation" is a test conducted
to determine if a person adequately compensates for the person's medical,
mental or physical condition or functional impairment.
(h) "Episode" means any incident or segment
of time involving altered consciousness or loss of bodily control.
(i) "Field of vision" means the entire
horizontal, temporal plane a person has for each eye without shifting the
(j) "Functional ability"
means the degree of cognitive, mental or emotional, sensorimotor and sensory
capability in performing activities of daily living, including safely
performing the tasks of driving.
(k) "Licensing action" means any action by
the department involving the denial, cancellation, restriction, or issuance of
a license endorsement under this chapter.
(l) "Loss of bodily control" means
involuntary movements of the body characterized by muscle spasms or muscle
rigidity, or loss of muscle tone or muscle movement.
(m) "Medical condition" means any physical,
mental or emotional condition which affects a person's health for which a
person is receiving medical treatment, or for which medical treatment is
(n) "Mental or
emotional function" includes interaction and communication skills, adaptive
behavior or coping capacity, or orientation.
(o) "Normal consciousness" means the
condition of a person when awake and fully responsive to stimuli.
(p) "Operator's license" means all driver
license issued by the Department of Public Safety for the operation of
noncommercial vehicles, but including vessels.
(q) "Physical disability" means any physical
limitation interfering with the ability to perform the normal tasks associated
with operating a motor vehicle.
"Proof of physical fitness" means a certificate of physical examination
executed by a person authorized to execute certificates of physical examination
which provides that the person being
examined meets the physical qualifications for drivers of
(s) "Reasonable and ordinary control" means a
person has the functional ability to perform the normal tasks required in the
safe operation of a motor vehicle or vessel including, but not limited to;
placing the vehicle or vessel into motion, executing right and left turns,
maintaining position on the roadway/waterway, stopping the vehicle or vessel,
exercising proper lookout for other traffic and pedestrians/swimmers, and
observing traffic laws, signs and signals.
(t) "Review board" means a medical board
established under §32 6 41, Code of Ala.
"Sensorimotor skills" means reflexes and reaction time, coordination, depth
perception, manipulation, range of motion and general mobility.
(v) "Sensory function" means vision, hearing,
touch, smell and vibration sense.
"Vision specialist" means a person who
practices optometry as defined by §34 22 1, or a physician as defined by
§34 24 50, Code of Ala. 1975
Author: Lieutenant F. A. Bingham