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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 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.

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

luvmykids September 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
there should be strict rules for ALL drivers..way too many accidents today...whether you're older and your eyesight is going, younger and reckless, preoccupied because you're texting, putting on your makeup while driving, drunk, high..the list goes on and on......
Chris Wendt September 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
There are no "strict" rules for anyone. There are tough-sounding laws, but very lacadaisical enforcement, meaning what charges are filed, plea bargains granted, fine levied and sentences meted out. People repeatedly drive with suspended and revoked licenses. No, I do not agree with the concept of "strict rules" for senior drivers which would not apply to all other drivers. For the author, states are all over the map because, that's what makes the map the map. If all states were, say, in NY, then we would not need a map, because whatever state you wanted, you'd be there already! As for "states like Montana", are you speaking of states with large geographic areas but low population density, or, states with snow-capped mountains, or all states in the Mountain Time Zone, or states which border Canada, or states with names that end in a vowel?
Lorraine DeVita September 20, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I had to address the situation of my father driving at age 78 in South Carolina because he had severe heart issues and had a history of passing out - Repeated requests, pleas etc. from myself and my brothers brought nothing but stubborn resistence from both him and my mother.Nothing we said could deter his resolve to remain independent and on the road. Finally I enlisted the help of his Cardiologist and asked the doctor to write a letter to state saying he recommened that the state revoke his driving license due to medical conditions. Needless to say My father wasnt a happy camper and was VERY furious with both Me and Doctor., but his safety, that of my mother and those of others on the road were my main concern & motivator. The elderly are very protective of their independence, but when that independence is not tempered with common sense and safety then someone needs to step in and say - ok hand it over, you are a potential danger to yourself and others. Both of my parents have since passed , but to me the elderly driving is something that i feel strongly about . Age shouldnt be the determining factor. The persons ability,mental & medical conditions need to be discussed and assessed by doctors and family members to determine whats the best path to follow.
rick donovan September 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Also, Put down that cheesberger!!! Eating while driving is also a distraction!!!

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