DRIVING WHILE OLD FLORIDA NEEDS A MECHANISM TO RETEST AND STOP ELDERLY DRIVERS WHO SHOULD NOT BE ON THE ROAD

 

 

Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-Several years ago while driving with my now 87-year-old dad I saw he should not be driving. I had a talk with my brother and then my attorney. After talking with my attorney I decided as there is no mechanism to stop elderly drivers to take the keys away. Thankfully my dad was Ok with that after I told him we nearly were in what could have been a tragic accident, if not for the other alert driver.

Yesterday’s tragic accident in Boca Raton is another reminder that every day in Florida elderly people who probably should not be driving are involved in tragic accidents. The State of Florida has no mechanism to take licenses from elderly drivers. AARP and other elder lobbies have made sure of this. Florida’s legislature needs to do something, just retesting elderly drivers eyesight is not enough.

Florida has an obligation to protect all drivers and pedestrians from the dangers elderly drivers pose. I understand not all elderly drivers are the same, that is why we need a mechanism for retesting and for taking away licenses for those who no longer should be driving.

Right now the mechanism is concerned family and friends, it is up to them to stop elderly unsafe drivers from driving. The State of Florida has failed the rest of us who have not yet reached those golden years by not having a mechanism to stop dangerous elderly drivers from getting behind the wheel.

Like it says above put the phone down do not text and drive Florida’s other deadly road problem, still exists…..

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