Poll: Most Americans Want Annual Retesting For Elderly Drivers

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – A Rasmussen Reports poll found more than half of American adults believe older drivers should be retested regularly.

The new online and telephone survey finds 52 percent of American adults think there should be an age limit set when drivers are required to take annual tests for driver’s license renewal. That’s down from 63 percent in 2010.

Ultimate Defensive Driving School founder Jim Clair told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News the annual tests might not be a bad idea to look at seriously.

“When we get older even in our fifties and sixties this starts to happen to us. Our motor skills start to change; we may be taking some medications that affect our health or vision. Sleeping habits change,” Clair said. “And especially our cognitive skills, the way we think changes. And driving is a complex task all in itself… Our driving skills might diminish a bit when we get older.”

Clair says 33 states currently have special provisions for older drivers; Pennsylvania isn’t one.

Clair says older drivers are often forced back into driving after long periods off the roads after their spouse falls ill or passes away.

The largest factors Clair sees for elderly drivers are decreased vision and an increase in cars on the road.

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