Wednesday, April 04, 2012

More pressure mounts to require older drivers to have medical clearance to keep licenses


ABC Good Morning America is reporting that there is more pressure to require older drivers to have medical clearance to keep their driver’s licenses.  Some people want screening to start as early as age 65.
The story, also appearing on Yahoo!,  by Lara Salahi is here.  Some medications could disqualify for keeping licenses. Doctors might have to stay away from blood pressure prescriptions (often less expensive) that can cause drowsiness.  

In Canada, there is more attention to restricting licenses after moving violations, with measures similar to those against teenagers, such as driving at night. Canadian Yahoo! has a story by Diana Mehta of the Canadian Press, here

My own mother rented a car in Ohio in March 2006, at age 92.  The last time she was ever allowed to drive was in late July 2009, at age 95, just to drive to the grocery store.  

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