Elderly Driving Laws

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Keeping The Roads & Public Safe

Senior GPS Car Trackers

There are a lot of drivers that would be classified as “high-risk”. These types of motorists usually include teen drivers because of their relative lack of experience behind-the-wheel and tendencies to be risk-takers, and people who commute frequently over long distances. Although it makes sense that the less experience a person has operating an automobile, and the more you do drive can statistically increase the likelihood of a motorist becoming involved in an accident, both groups of people have no physical handicaps that would reduce reaction time or result in the person being a potential danger on the public roads. However, elderly drivers often times do have physical limitations in eye-sight, reaction time and overall motor skills, something that could be a recipe for disaster for both the elderly driver and the other motorists sharing the roadways. This is way some people are proposing that the Department of Motor Vehicles require elderly drivers to take written, behind-the-wheel and eyesight tests more frequently than the average motorists in an effort to show they still have the abilities to operate a vehicle safely.

GPS Tracking Systems: Giving Elderly Drivers A Choice

It is important to recognize that all older or seniors are not bad drivers, however it is also important to note that elderly drivers do not usually have the same physical abilities as teen drivers or average drivers. The only thing that some people are calling for is a law that results in a increase in the frequency of testing for elderly drivers to make certain that a senior still has the tools necessary to operate a motor vehicle. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could place seniors into three different categories:

  1. Driver who meets all safe driving standards to operate a vehicle safely
  2. Driver meets some safe driving standards to operate a vehicle safely, and therefore should be monitored for 30-60 days via GPS tracking technology to ensure they have the skills to operate a vehicle safely
  3. Driver does not meet safe driving standards and should have license suspended

Drivers who would be required to have a GPS vehicle tracker system installed to their automobile would then be monitored by the DMV to check that safe driving speeds are being adhered too, and that the senior driving is not operating a vehicle more frequently than they should be. The data from the GPS tracking device would be reviewed by the DMV where it would be determined whether the senior either be issued a valid driver’s license or have driving privileges suspended.

Many families are now using elderly tracking systems to oversee driving behaviors and habits of senior family members to enhance personal safety.

GPS Tracking Systems Opinion:

Should lawmakers require seniors to go through a more rigorous testing process to show that they can properly and safely operate an automobile?

Should legislation at the state level be created that allows the use of car tracking systems to monitor potentially high-risk elderly drivers?

Do you think seniors who have diminished physical abilities should only be allowed to operate a vehicle when it is absolutely necessary?