Marie-Julie Cosenzo’s driver’s licence has been suspended by the Ministry of Transportation due to post-traumatic stress disorder, which was triggered by a teenager’s suicide last year.
However, the Ottawa-area paramedic argues that neither her mental health, nor the medication she currently takes doesn’t impact her ability to safely operate a vehicle.
The 36-year-old has an F-class licence, which allows her to drive an ambulance and a standard vehicle. Renewing said licence every five years requires a physical and psychiatric checkup. Doctors must report all findings to the MTO.
Even her doctor is surprised by the suspension, stating that the MTO’s decision is hindering their patient’s recovery.
The Ottawa Citizen reports that Cosenzo has a clean record after driving for 20 years. She must now rely upon friends and family to get her to and from life’s many appointments.
“It’s very strange because I feel like a criminal, I really do,” she said. “I have done nothing wrong.”