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Elder driver law pending?


Alicea expects to see legislation by fall session


July 07, 2009
In the wake of several recent accidents involving elderly motorists, area lawmakers are considering proposals that would impose road tests and other restrictions on older or impaired drivers.

"I have a feeling we will actually have some kind of bill in front of us by September," said state Rep. Geraldo Alicea, D-Charlton.

Following the attention generated from the recent crashes, groups have pushed lawmakers to consider tightening the rules. One bill proposed in the state Senate would allow the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to revoke, suspend or deny somebody a license if it believes the person is somehow impaired. Police officers, firefighters or medical professionals would be allowed to report any problems, while drivers could appeal any RMV action. Another bill would allow medical staff to report drivers 16 or older that have been diagnosed with some sort of impairment.

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