Should we require people over 70 to pass regular driving tests? | The Tylt
Should we require people over 70 to pass regular driving tests?
The number of Americans over age 70 is expected to rise to 52.7 million in 2030, including about 46.6 million licensed drivers. That's more than double the number of older drivers in 2011. Many people say testing drivers as they age just makes sense. As we age, our vision, hearing, and reflexes deteriorate. Illinois makes in-person renewals more frequent as motorists get older, and once they reach 87, drivers must renew their license every year.
Others say we all age differently. It's unfair to stereotype and restrict senior drivers.
“Age should not be the issue. It should be your ability to handle the car and drive safely,” said Jurek Grabowski, research director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a nonprofit research and education group.
The AARP and AAA told the Associated Press that the Washington D.C. DMV is discriminating against the elderly. City drivers older than 70 were being required to appear in person to renew their licenses, and take a reflex test and an eye exam, in addition to submitting documentation from a physician confirming that they are able to drive.
Onerous laws that present unnecessary hurdles, such as the rigorous requirements and tests placed on D.C. seniors to renew their driver’s licenses, often do more harm than the good that is intended. And the randomly imposed number constitutes discriminatory ageism on its face.