Category Archives: Elderly Drivers

Elderly Drivers are Impacted by the New Texting Ban

Elderly drivers always seem to be in the news – not the majority of them who drive well, use proper caution and follow the rules of the road.  It seems that all are up in arms about the ‘danger’ of the elderly driving.  This is a very real concern for the general public and for…

Overview of the No-Texting Law

So, finally, the Massachusetts Legislature has gotten it together and has actually finalized the no texting law.  It’s set to go into effect on September 30, 2010. Here are a few of the highlights: 1.  There will be no texting while driving.  This means no sending of emails, instant messages or reading of emails, instant…

Qualifications to Operate a Motor Vehicle in Massachusetts: Elderly or Disabled?

Are there physical qualifications to operate a motor vehicle? The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Medical Affairs Branch is responsible for setting forth policies and procedures regarding physical qualifications for driving.  The policies are set from recommendations from the Registry’s Medical Advisory Board. The Medical Advisory Board, is appointed by statute: Mass. Gen. Laws c….

Elderly Drivers May Soon Have New Regulations for Keeping Drivers Licenses

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…

Elderly Drivers are in the News Again!

It is happening once again, a car accident, and an injury involving an elderly driver.  Accidents happen every day but when they involve someone who is considered elderly (and it is a slow news day) it makes the news! The Boston Herald, reports that an Elderly Driver slammed into a lot attendant at the Brookline,…

More Backlash Against Elderly Drivers

Elderly drivers are currently getting very bad press.  There was an opinion in the Patriot Ledger today by Lauren Munger of South Weymouth, asking families to be held accountable for assessing the driving ability of elderly drivers in their families. Certainly, there are some drivers who shouldn’t be on the road for a variety of…

What Happens When You or Your Loved One Can Drive, but Isn’t Quite So Mobile?

As we age, sometimes we get a little less able. Sometimes we might notice that we aren’t as quick on our feet, or that it’s harder to walk long distances, or perhaps a cane or a wheel chair is needed to increase mobility. You may notice it happening to yourself or you may notice it…

Physical Qualifications to Operate a Motor Vehicle?

Are there physical qualifications to operate a motor vehicle? The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Medical Affairs Branch is responsible for setting forth policies and procedures regarding physical qualifications for driving.  The policies are set from recommendations from the Registry’s Medical Advisory Board. The Medical Advisory Board, is appointed by statute: Mass. Gen. Laws c….

Don’t Elderly Drivers Have Rights?

There is an ongoing campaign in Massachusetts to keep its citizens safe from cars.  I am not sure if this is at all reflective of the stereotype of Massachusetts drivers, but it can’t be a total coincidence.  In my travels (both home and abroad) I have noticed that other drivers take yellow lights a little…

Are You or Someone You Care About a Potentially Unfit Driver?

An individual can be an unfit driver for a variety of reasons, usually, it is for a medical, physical or psychological reason.  If an individual has a medical condition that he or she believes may affect their ability to drive safely, he or she must report the condition to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  At…

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