What if the person continues to drive after a license suspension?

Answer: Many people are reluctant to give up the keys. Family and friends can help facilitate driving cessation.

  • Write out an agreement about driving like this one
  • Acknowledge how difficult it may be for the person
  • Be supportive but share your safety concerns
  • Be patient, expect to have several conversations about this issue
  • Explore alternatives to driving (see below)
  • Show them how much money they can save using this worksheet
  • Agree to disagree. Sometimes when a person has dementia they may not have insight into how their driving may be affected. When accompanied by memory loss, this may result in repeated or circular conversations (or even arguments). Sometimes arguing about driving is worse than not driving. If this is the case, try some of the strategies below

If the person with dementia can’t be convinced to stop more aggressive measures to promote driving cessation may include:

  • hide the keys or file them down
  • disable the car (e.g. remove the battery)
  • cancel the vehicle registration and return the license plate
  • sell the car or park it out of sight
  • contact the Alzheimer InfoLine for support
    • 1-800-611-6345 (outside Metro)
    • 902- 422-7961 (local)
    • alzheimer@asns.ca
    • Provincial office located at 112-2719 Gladstone Street in Halifax