Elderly drivers have been in the news a lot over the past few years. I’ve blogged on it in the past. Many receive “Immediate Threats” and get their license revoked for even minor driving violations.
The Senate has now passed a bill (which was previously approved by the House of Representatives) that requires drivers over the age of 75 to pass a test on their cognitive and physical abilities. The good news is that at this point, it doesn’t appear as though drivers have to actually have a ‘test’. They take the form to their regular doctor who fills out a form stating that they are okay to drive. Drivers will have to do this once between ages 75 and 80 and then once they reach the magic number of 80, they must pass it every three years.
As our population ages and people live longer and generally healthier – there is going to be a huge influx of paperwork at the RMV!
This law will go into effect with a ban on texting while driving (which seems a little less discriminatory and little more ‘common sense’) than requiring everyone who is a certain age to be evaluated. I’m curious as to why 75 is the magic number.
There are many questions that are left unanswered – which will be answered in the coming weeks and months – but what happens if you don’t agree with your doctor? Can you go to another doctor? What if the RMV doesn’t like what your doctor has to say – (when he or she says you can drive) – and denies you a license? What if you have a loved one who you think shouldn’t be driving but the doctor says okay?
If you are an elderly driver and are having issues – I represent drivers of all ages – you can contact me at 866-981-7888. Ask for Jessica Foley.
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