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Should State Set Strict Rules for Elderly Driving?

Laws across the country vary as locals, politicians can't agree on when, if at all, a person becomes too old to drive.

When it comes to setting rules for elderly drivers, states are all over the map, a new report from the Associated Press showed on Monday.

The news organization, citing increased angst over older drives on the road, showed varying practices across the country. For example, while vision tests become even more important, states vary on what age they start demanding them more regularly. In states like Montana, drivers over 75 years old must renew their licenses every four years.

New York, however, does not have any special provisions for older drivers.

The issue came into limelight after a near-deadly incident in August when a 100-year-old driver backed over a group of Los Angeles schoolchildren. A similar scenario played out on the local front when in May an 87-year-old woman died when she drove down a boat launch in Port Jefferson. Family members said the victim was suffering from macular degeneration, an eye disease that causes deteriorating vision.

Let us know, do you think the state should set up tougher provisions to monitor elderly drivers?

George September 18, 2012 at 02:25 PM
There many issues here, it is not simple at all. In no particular order: Senior citizen vote, teenagers don't. Some senior citizens are very carfull drivers, if maybe a bit slow for most people's taste. Some senior citizens were careless drivers before they became senior citizens and now they are dangerous drivers. Some senior citizens are too proud to give up their driving privileges. Some senior citizens do not realize they are dangerous drivers. Some senior citizens are afraid to become isolated if they stop driving. Some senior citizens do not want to become a burden on their family. Some senior citizens are hornery and don't care about the danger they represent when they drive. Some people who are not senior citizens have the same issues senior citizens have. Maybe driver licenses should not be automatically renewed for anyone. If you had an accident or ticket you should be required to take a driver safety class.
John Gruber September 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
the difference is joe, they have much faster reflexes and coordination than that of a 75 year old driver
Marion Knott September 18, 2012 at 03:33 PM
My husband and I are both eighty two (wow!!) He is the best and safest driver that I know. He follows all the right traffic rules. He gets angry at drivers, whatever their age who don't. He has a Ca. driver's liscense and when it recently expired had to take the written test again before he could get his liscense renewed. What I think they should do is not take the written test but another driving test. That would tell more than something you can study for and is not that hard. I still have my drivers liscense and I haven't driven in years though I would certainly drive it if my husband's life was in danger-not from my driving but from an emergency. I keep it because I use it for going through security or as an ID for my sudafed, etc. I also love the picture of me twenty years ago, they never seem to re take the picture and I usually look ugly in pictures. No one questions my white hair, they just accept it. It's true that the elderly don't usually text or use cell phones while driving but that's the only positive.
Marion Knott September 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
An addition from my elderly driver who is also my husband. In California besides the written test, he has the eye test and a new picture and a fingerprint. He said he can understand the written test since it would test his whatever. I am trying to find the word but don't worry I am not on the road!
FED UP 1 ! September 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
THEY ARE TOO OLD TO DRIVE WHEN THEY CAN'T SEE OVER THE STEERING WHEEL AND DO 25MPH ON THE NSP IN THE LEFT LANE! THERE SHOULD BE TESTING OF SOME KIND AFTER 75 YRS OF AGE. I'M SURE IT'S A TOUCHY SUBJECT THAT NO ELECTED OFFICIALS WANT TO GO ON RECORD TO DEAL WITH THIS DANGEROUS SUBJECT!!!

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