A new bill is being proposed that would require the elderly to be tested to see that they are fit to be driving. Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute said that by 2030 25 percent of drivers on the road will be 65 and older.
According to the insurance institute of highway safety, the elderly have the highest rate of fatal crashes than any other group except young drivers. The new bill would require that elderly 85 and over would have to take road and vision tests before being eligible to drive.
On a local radio show last Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick, said “If it comes to me, I’ll sign it.”
It’s important to look at all affects of the bill before making your own opinion. Is it possible that seniors have just been given a bad name due to a few crashes? What kind of transportation will be available to seniors that lose their license due to the bill? Will the bill make the roads safer for everyone?
After considering both sides of the bill you will be much more qualified to speak on the topic.