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Minimizing the risk of older drivers has Fed pushing states for consistency

GasBuddy Blog -- This is the problem that doesn't go away. Media interest in consumer demographics and driving trends has a predictable ebb and flow. If a vehicle crash involves a teenager who sent or received a text message moments before losing his/her life, or taking someone else's... that's the lead story in the evening news and it will be milked for days... Until something better comes along involving a politician involved in scandal; a local singer hitting it big on a national talent show; or, anything that includes video footage of puppies or kittens.

The standard in the news business says that if you have a senior driver crashing into an ice cream store because he mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake, the horrific reaction of store...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2012 4:46:55 AM

nogoatz: problem is that many older drivers won't give up independence and even if required to take tests, may drive w/out license (which will be even worse b/c they may not carry insurance at that point either).
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nogoatz
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 8:03:06 AM

A driving skills test starting at age 60 should be mandatory, along with yearly or bi yearly eye tests. If you are still able to drive safely, then the test wil be of little consequence. But, if you are have impaired functions and are unable to drive safely, then the testing may save innocent lives.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 6:57:58 AM

at some point, people have to understand, a vehicle is at least 1 ton of killing metal and plastic. And when reaction time is slower, a life is taken quicker.
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Gibby4176
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 7:53:21 AM

Okay...
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 1:46:29 AM

too many dawdling drivers in FL as it is.
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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 3:34:24 PM

on my way home I saw a car shift lanes without concern for the car next to them. good thing the other young person had fast reactions to avoid a hit. looking back at the driver, was a silver haired older person, never mind the sex of the person. just a resent example.
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spiderjay
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 5:16:29 PM

YEP 1 DAY
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CPGas1815
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 4:06:56 PM

Old news.
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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 2:27:58 PM

just do it
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GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 2:05:30 PM

Sounds like we need to create a new provision under Obamacare to address this!
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TustinDad
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 1:52:41 PM

Black Wagon wrote: "Don't worry Obamacare will eliminate those old fogies."

How do you figure that? It would be very interesting to hear.

Then, of course, there is no such thing as "Obamacare", but you didn't know that, did you. If you are listening to FOX, they would probably never tell you what it is called, just their own little slur for it.
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JXQW
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 1:23:20 PM

right
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myambro
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:35:34 PM

I'm with "GreenLegend" on this. And, keep the Feds out of State laws and regulations.
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matthwbar
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:35:11 PM

Odd premise
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Cheepo
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:32:00 PM

What is "sending a text message",??????? telephones are for talking!!!!!!!
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AriesMMD
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:23:50 PM

Laws, like fences and locks, only keep honest people honest.
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MikeMotorhead
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 12:04:04 PM

I hope to make it to that age some day. I'll want to keep my liscense, but if I can't tell the difference between a side walk and a road, someone should take my liscense away.
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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:33:27 AM

Deja vu
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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:24:40 AM

Government distraction to get your attention away from the big problems. then you may not think he has done such a crappy job.
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TXGasPriceSpy
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:19:19 AM

Not again!!
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RBob
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:14:29 AM


If the traffic safety laws were being enforced, maybe the issue would take care of itself without increasing the rather worthless testing process.
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wang91554
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:13:37 AM

and fairness
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BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:13:12 AM


"Never let a good crisis go to waste."

It's an opportunity for more federal government power and control.
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nehemiah
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:11:42 AM

k
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OCTAPA
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:10:35 AM

Test them frequently for medical and driving... like school bus drivers after 65...
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HailstormCA
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:10:13 AM

Just make 'em take the pill. Oops! Hey, wait a minute. I'm one of them.
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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:10:10 AM

ok
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GreenLegend
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:09:40 AM

Older drivers are as safe as any other, if not more so due to years of experience.
SELF PRESERVATION kicks in when they realize they are not as adept and stop driving voluntarily. Common sense prevails.
Those folks who become impaired and want to continue driving have family to intercede.
Keep the government out of this.
Too many unelected bureaucrats telling us what to do.
Enough.
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mageetp
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:09:28 AM

old post.
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rwrMO
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:08:44 AM

old news
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a938
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:06:58 AM

The good part about living in a small town, (under 1000,) is you know the all drivers and how they drive, what stop sign they drive through,where they go, and etc. so you can stay out of the way.
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buzzieNY
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:06:52 AM

Dangerous drivers of all ages should be tested every two years. Maybe this way, if they can't pass the driving test, they'll get them pulled off of the road. Of course, they should tighten up the requirements too.
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Digger52
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:06:38 AM

ok
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pricechecker08
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:05:41 AM

As a wrecker driver, I have seen the same thing from just as many young and middle age drivers!Or so they say is what happened?
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:03:14 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:01:36 AM

ok
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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:58:51 AM

you will always have the ex-streams, to fast, to slow, not paying attention no matter what age. you will never get every body to do the wright thing. every one has to do it there way cause its the best way for them and who cares about any one else. yada yada......
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MrLuigi
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:58:16 AM

doesn't matter who it is, there are inherent risks every time you drive your vehicle amongst others...
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CheckitoutGuy
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:57:54 AM

Yep
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ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:57:48 AM

I'm REQUESTING YOUR ASSISTANCE.

I wrote a lengthy draft "guidelines" on this topic yesterday and received a nice notification from trugasCA. I intend on polishing the document and sending it to my state’s public safety (DMV), my governor, state senators and congressmen/women, and the USDOT Inspector General’s office, urging them to take as minimum, the idea, state driving permit applications and the applicant’s skills, knowledge, and abilities be tested at appropriate chronological or health issue times.

I tend to lean toward common-sense, safety of all citizens, drivers or not, [read-children] the Constitutional Rights, and wish to remind everyone from 14-114, driving a motorized vehicle in our society is a PRIVILEGE and is not guaranteed by any Federal or State Law. Someday, I too, will either know it’s time (my doctor will give me a clue) to turn over the keys and buy a horse,*smile* and/or enjoy my monthly, less expensive taxi rides or if the DMV’s tests tell me it is time……I don’t want to be the cause of a person’s injury or death because I wasn’t able to properly operate my vehicle; car, truck, boat, motorcycle, snowmobile, skidoo, sailboat, jetboat.

Def: DUI - driving under influence drugs or alcohol. BUI - boating under influence drugs or alcohol. TWS - Texting while Stupid. DWOS - Driving without seatbelts. DWOCCS - Driving without children's car seats.

As a human-being, I dislike change as much as anyone else, but change in our lives (even for gas prices) will happen no matter how much we cross our fingers, pray to a Deity, write Santa Claus a letter, or stroke a dismembered rabbit’s foot…

If you have any constructive ideas, principles, or concepts you wish me to consider or include, your state’s leadership will be included (on my dime) and your real name will be listed as a co-author, if you wish it so.

So go ahead gas-buddies…talk to me…your safety and the safety of your family and friends may depend on a grassroots movement…as retired military—I lead from up front….lead with me, follow with me, or get out of our way.

Here are yesterday's comments -- still a work-in-progress (DRAFT):

I agree changes need to be implemented to the regular standard driver’s permit-with no endorsements; (motorcycle, Class A etc., addressed by separate testing regulatory laws/periods.)

Also State Vehicle/Safety Inspections must have teeth in them to keep vehicles safe and road worthy (to include window-tint percentages) if repairable. Each county must have a Director of Vehicular Safety for compliance standards for approved Inspection Stations and authority to remove (tow-impound) vehicles every found not state road-worthy until repaired and passing state standards.

14-16: Learners Drivers Permit existing laws, PLUS: Must be supervised by front-seat passenger/driver with regular (Non-learners) Permit over 26-years-of-age; if not an immediate family member over 21-years of age with regular Permit.

14 or FIRST YEAR LEARNERS PERMIT: Day light hours only; Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..

15 & 16 (AFTER FIRST YEAR of LEARNERS PERMIT) may drive until 10:00 P.M - two hours later if work related/school requested by work/school supervisor on organization’s letterhead, approved by parent(s) or guardian, notarized, and presented to Drivers License Dept (DMV) for (EH) extended hours (10:00-12:00P.M.) 12:00PM, RESTRICTED ENDORSEMENT CODE (EH).

17-21: Drivers Permit
Physically show-up for renewal every 2 years (e.g. 17-19-21), -until 21st birthday month.
Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..
At least TEN random multiple-choice/fill-in-the blank (For Official DMV Use Only) versions of the tests will be prepared within DMV Directorate.

Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.
Permit picture, fingerprints, and signature.

(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application,
Vision/hearing test at the testing station,
Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Mandatory: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years, of permit application.

(OPTION FOR ALL): License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Extended Hours (EH) Learner’s Permit with-in 5 calendar days. Can be picked up at testing station after DMV phone call to applicant vice mail (saves postage and applicant has Permit sooner.

22-36,
Physically show-up renewal every 4 years-(e.g. 22-26-30-34-38) until 38th birthday,

Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..

At least TEN random multiple-choice/fill-in-the blank (For Official DMV Use Only) versions of the tests will be prepared within DMV Directorate.

Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.
Permit pictures, fingerprints, and signature.
Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application,
A vision/hearing test at the testing station,
Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application.. (FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit with-in 15 calendar days.

37-50,
Physically show-up for permit renewal every 6 years –until 51st birthday month,
Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application.

Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..

Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.

Electronic permit renewal available every 6 years unless, Felony DUI is on record DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years of application for permit.
Then show-up is mandatory every 2 years with drug testing accomplished, dated with-in 15 days of permit application.
Vision/hearing test at the testing station
(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit with-in 15 calendar days.

51-61,
Physically show-up for permit renewal every 4 years –until 52nd birthday month,
Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application.

Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..

Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.

Electronic permit renewal available every 6 years unless, Felony DUI is on record DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years of application for permit.
Then show-up is mandatory every 2 years with drug testing accomplished, dated with-in 15 days of permit application.

(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

A vision/hearing test is given at the testing station.
With electronic renewal available every 4 years; unless felony DUI/BUI is on record, then must show up every 4 years for drug screening.
License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit with-in 15 calendar days.

62-66,
Physically show-up for permit renewal every 4 years – until 67nd birthday month.
Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.

Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..
(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application.

License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit with-in 15 calendar days.
A vision/hearing test at the testing station.
Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) 70% is passing on both sections.
License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit with-in 15 calendar days.
67-70
Physically show-up for permit renewal on 70st birthday month, and annually each birth month there after.
Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application,
Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..
Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.

(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall.
A vision/hearing test at the testing station
License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit (day light hours only) with-in 15 calendar days.

70 plus birthday month:
Physically show-up renewal every birth month (every year).
Computer-generated Random-selected drug test.
Drug test: blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 10 years or permit application, dated with-in 15 days of permit application..

Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

Doctors routine medical certifying physical/mental abilities, permit dated within 30 days of permit application,
30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall.

Picture and fingerprints, and signature.
Doctors certification for vision/hearing test.
Mandatory drug test, random-selected (blood, urine or both if felony DUI/BUI is on record with-in 5 years of permit application). License permit issued on test day unless drug tested, then mailed with-in 5 calendar days after negative drug results received, or if drug test failed: issued a 1-year Learner’s Permit (day light hours only) with-in 15 calendar days.

NOTE: ANY AGE DRIVER:::
When involved in an accident causing personal injury or deployment of at least one air bag, or loss of control of vehicle similar to a motorcycle vehicle. the permit holder has 60 calendar days (if applicant is hospitalized, wiaverable by doctor's script until able to take test)to reapply for a replacement permit after meeting the normal age-group standards which may now include an optional, county-specific, traffic school or motorcycle safety course (ran by any LE agency with arrest authority with-in that county or with state reciprocity), to decrease any points by 15% on their driving record and for insurance purposes regardless of fault after review by a traffic court judge..(FOR ALL renewals): Limited-in-Scope Background Investigation for warrants/unpaid traffic violations and parking tickets/delinquent (unpaid) state taxes pertaining to applicant. This statement (or legal equivalent) must be placed on the applicant’s request for DMV Issued Drivers Permit for ALL Permit Classes.

For ALL Applicant's: Written test of 120 questions, (10 must be of road/traffic signs) (10 must be of current problems; seat belts, child restraints use/location, cell phone talking, cell phone texting, etc.) Passing is 70%. on all sections. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall, with DMV Driving Examiner.

If permit requestor ever receives a permanent doctor or VA certification of a handicap, with/or without SSI, then that specific handicap must be evaluated by two DMV driving test examiners to determine if applicant may perform driving skills or not be issued a drivers permit but a state ID card. 30-minute driving proficiency test to include various parking options. With 70% overall.Active duty military follow existing military renewal laws on “Home of Record” for driving permits, vehicle tag renewals, and safety inspections. AFAD member's family members must abide by state laws currently assigned/presiding in.

My respone back to trugasCA:

Well state/civil governments are mandated to keep civilians as save as possible, road work, fire & police dept. More people are killed in USA each year by vehicle accidents than all the Americans killed during the whole Vietnam Conflict. HMMM and we had bullets. Seat belts, crumple zones and air backs decrease injuries cause be error or undereducated drivers. Road construction has helped, more sand barrels around crash points, ruffled noise makers on the edge of the roadway to wake up drivers. Create the state Director job (wow 50 jobs), Director uses a team of oh say 10 to qualify and recertify each counties INSPECTION STATIONS (perhaps 1 inspection station to each 1500 registered vehicles in the county) a gas station or auto mechanic shop qualified to do the minimum vehicle safety check…lights, horn, wipers, washer, windshield in one piece. Tires brakes, lights, turn signals, horn, seatbelts, child safety seats. Alignment etc. Okay so you have 1 State Director, 1 Assistant state director in each county/region and say 10 inspection stations in each county. It would cost $15.00 for each vehicle inspection; divided three ways…$5 per inspection at the station, $5 for county payroll and inspection/certification, and $5.00 to the State for Strategic issues such as paying off road/bridge bonds, paying the salary of the new inspection safety office and 3 or 4 employees. Now for the customer experience…first they have to visit a doctor, either on their existing health plan or local health dept. They pay say $20 deductible for a checkup just as kids get when they want to play sports. Doctor’s office makes jobs/money. DMV need to hire an eye and hearing technician to run the on-site machines. 2 new jobs. Health labs which run the random and required drug screenings hire a few more employees. Look-up queuing-theory and your normal today DMV will possible be able to (OWG) speed things up for the request state permit at perhaps a 10-15% cost increase. Please still can come to DMV at anytime to request a permit, if they qualify, they can re-new on line at a decreased price. If people are found deficient during their 30-minurte test or fail the written test..no one died…they are allowed more time to reapply for a 1-year learners permit to study and improve their multi-skills required a aiming a 2-3 ton vehicle down the road… AT YOU OR ME and our families. The bottom line of this is driving a vehicle IS NOT A RIGHT…it is a qualified privilege. I’m willing to allow more people jobs and equitable salary, to keep our state citizen’s safer and me safer from not needing to go to a funeral home, or best case…meet with their insurance agent…we get only ONE spin around this lifetime…I want to grow very very very old. And when I can’t pass the tests anymore…hallelujah, I get to hire a taxi and sit in the right rear seat and ride as royalty…as long as the state rules guarantee the taxi driver has passed his tests too.
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Bullseye520
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:56:27 AM

Regulation of older drivers needs to be a state issue NOT the federal Government!
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rasprout
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:55:12 AM

Interesting... Who is the bad guy here, older drivers, or over government control...
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REVLAW
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:53:25 AM

Minimizing the risk of older drivers is not the motive. The actual motive is "control" and the undermining of the Tenth Amendment. It is all about "bigger government" in all areas. That is a major goal of the HO and his ilk.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:50:49 AM

It's up to the each state and how they monitor their drivers. Driving in the state is the states business and it's not anything to do with the federal government. Too many tickets and a full driver retest is needed, no matter what your age, condition, alcohol or drugs involved OR that distracted driving problem. Computer driverless cars are helpful for everyone.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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a14morfun
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:50:38 AM

Florida has a bunch of the worst drivers anywhere. Age doesn't seem to have anything to do with it.
(Dangerous) drivers of all ages should be tested every two years. Maybe this way, if they can't pass the driving test, they'll get them pulled off of the road. Of course, they should tighten up the requirements too.
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thuathienhue
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:47:42 AM

What next ?
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waynemustang
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:47:36 AM

The real risk is younger drivers. Everyone should test before renewing licenses.
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sydb7
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:45:28 AM

Another reason to have a public transit option!
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VetteFan
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:44:07 AM

We know how this will play out. Government funding will be withheld until all states and territories agree to the same standards. This was used to get seatbelt laws and the 55 MPH speed limits.
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mar2100
Veteran Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 10:42:44 AM

maybe a re-test of some sort to keep their license. I feel bad i know i'll be there someday however, there is enough things in this world to watch out for and if we can save people from getting hurt by monitoring drivers we should
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