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Sound Off: 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 revealed 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.

Do you think the state should set up tougher provisions to monitor elderly drivers? Let us know in the comments.

Concerned September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Like in anything we do, as we get older our reaction time gets slower. Perhaps restricting is not the correct term, but retesting might be. In many cases for our work or just in life we take phisicals every so often. Why not with driving?? I have been driving for close to 20 years, and have not re tested anything since the day I got my liscence. We check our eyes at the DMV, why not our knowledge and skills???


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