Drivers lose licence to kill
Unfit motorists dobbed in and forced off roads Final curtain for Harry Dean Stanton
MORE than 100 motorists a month are having their driver’s licence cancelled, suspended or amended because of health concerns.
The Sunday Mail can reveal that between 2012 and 2016, 6500 Queensland driver’s licences were affected by a medical condition; and a further 1808 licences were surrendered over the same period for medical reasons. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has received more than 250,000 new “medical condition notifications” since 2012.
More than 14,000 of these notifications were passed on to the department by a third party, such as a medical professional.
Although the department took action on more than FRANCIS Bacon’s painting Study of Red Pope is set to sell for a record £60 million ($100 million) after being hidden from the public eye for almost half a century.
The 1971 piece is the final in Bacon’s celebrated body of papal portraits.
It was acquired by the family of the present owner in 1973 and has appeared in all major publications dedicated to Bacon’s work, but has never appeared in a public exhibition.
It shows a papal figure – which featured in many of Bacon’s works – beside the painter’s great love, George 50,000 of the new notifications, the majority involved the renewal of a licence that already had the necessary medical conditions recorded.
Police Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating, head of Road Policing Command, was not surprised by the numbers.
“I’d encourage people of any age who have a concern about their medical capability Dyer, who took his own life six months after it was painted.
Christie’s yesterday announced it would be selling the painting on October 6. It described the painting as representing a landmark moment in Bacon’s artistic output
The auction house has given a guide price of £60 million, which would set a record for any artwork sold at auction in Europe.
If it sells at this price, the total cost, including premiums, will exceed the £65 million paid for Giacometti’s lifesized sculpture L’homme qui marche I in 2010. driving a car to assess that and to seek some advice,” he said.
“Nobody wants to have a situation where a serious injury or death may occur because of an impairment that could be addressed.”
Mark King, from the Queensland University of Technology’s road safety and injury prevention research centre CARRS-Q, said it was encouraging that many admissions were voluntary, but it was difficult to determine the success of the system.
“The system relies on voluntary information from people and that tends to open it up to interpretation by drivers who will generally tend to be overly optimistic about their abilities to cope with a condition,” he said. HARRY Dean Stanton, the US actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who laboured in virtual obscurity for decades until his breakthrough in the movie Paris, Texas, has died aged 91.
Stanton (pictured) was best known for his roles in Twin Peaks, Big Love, Pretty in Pink and Repo Man.
He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama Big Love, which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the Twin Peaks revival on Showtime. His most recent film, Lucky, about an atheist who
Dr King said changes to the road network should be considered to cater to the needs of an ageing population.
The RACQ said more needed to be done to support elderly drivers.
“There may be a need to modify the road environment … to make it better for an older population, but we see driving as more about ability than age so there shouldn’t be a need to change the rules,” a spokeswoman said. comes to terms with his own mortality, is scheduled for release later this month.
In 1984, when he turned 58, Stanton not only starred in Paris, Texas – his first role ever as leading man – but also in Alex Cox’s popular cult film Repo Man.
The movie, penned by Sam Shepard, was the darling of the Cannes Film Festival, capturing not only the Palme d’Or but other jury awards as well.
Stanton never married, although he said he had “one or two children”.
He died of natural causes on Friday in Los Angeles.
Picture: David Martinelli