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?

ashley bullard September 19, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Yes! I feel at a certain age, they should be retested. Laws change and with aging the driver changes as well and to ensure the safety of others on the road, something should definitely be done.
Mary Loc September 19, 2012 at 11:02 AM
YES!!! I agree too! I had a neighbor that was in his mid 70's and would hit parked cars (one was mine) and hit fences. With age eye sight and reflexes go....
Margaret Nikiel September 19, 2012 at 01:50 PM
YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been a Crossing Guard for 23yr and I have seen it all Im on Merrick Ave between Camp and Lee and I have to stop the traffic so the kids get across safely...... The elderly do not see me or hear me and do not react fast like younger people..... They need to retest every yr 70 and up
Susan September 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
there should be a test for motor skills and reflexes Some elderly people can drive, but cannot respond to outside stimuli For example some one stopping quickly or changing lanes in front of them. At the very least a letter from Dr. stating that they have no impairment physically.


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