When Should Elderly People in Georgia Stop Driving?
As the population of the United States continues to age, the issue of whether people should be allowed to continue driving well into old age has sparked controversy across Georgia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were almost 36 million licensed drivers over the age of 65 in the year 2012. This number is likely higher today and is expected to rise in the next decade. Approximately 586 elderly drivers are injured and 15 killed in car accidents each day. Even further, a new study released by Caring.com found that approximately 14 million Americans reported being involved in a road accident caused by an elderly individual in the past year.
Driving is traditionally thought to help older adults stay mobile and independent, but many are concerned with the lack of regulation concerning elderly drivers. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our auto accident attorneys understand the complexities involved in this issue. We assist our clients who are injured in car accidents caused by another negligent driver in seeking compensation for their losses, which can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, Pain and Suffering and more. If you are injured in an accident involving an older driver, contact our office for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.
Georgia's Current Department of Driver Services Laws for Older Adults
The Georgia Department of Driver Services allows drivers over the age of 59 to receive their valid license for five years. After the age of 64, drivers must pass a vision test, which is conducted in person. If a family member, police officer, or member of the public has a concern about an older driver, he or she can ask DDS to review the individual and determine whether their license should be involuntarily surrendered. Additionally, older adults who wish to voluntarily surrender their license can do so at any time.
Proposals for Increased Regulation of Elderly Drivers
In Georgia, as in numerous states across the country, there have been pushes for heightened regulation concerning older drivers. Some states have adopted laws that would require drivers over a certain age take a driving test to ensure they are still safe drivers. Other proposals would require older adults to obtain a physician certificate showing they are physically and mentally competent to drive a car. Additional options include setting shorter expiration dates so that elderly drivers must come in to renew their license more often, for instance, every year or two. While proposed legislation continues to be introduced in Georgia, our state has yet to adopt new laws concerning elderly drivers. It is likely that in the future, with the population continuing to age, new laws may go into effect to protect the public.
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