Bill Affecting Elderly Drivers Being Reviewed in Va. House


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A bill being considered in the House aims to prevent car crashes and would also put more restrictions on elderly drivers.

"Yeah I don't feel any different about driving than I did 40 or 50 years ago," said John Lyon, who is comfortable driving his wife, Joyce, to the grocery store.

Although he doesn't worry about his own driving, he does worry about other people.

"There's one person that we know well that has quite a bit of macular degeneration and he's still drives all around the country and I think that's crazy," said Lyon.

The bill lowers the age for drivers to renew their licenses from 80 years old to 75.

If it passes, people who are 75 years and older would only have a valid license for five years.

Driving experts say that regardless of age, it really is different for everybody when they get behind the wheel, depending on their experiences, as well as their health.

Jerry Fawley teaches defensive driving and said asking family members to test their driving skills is a good idea.

"It's the last independent thing they can do. So I always try to encourage older people that you make the decision, when you can't drive," said Fawley.

Lyons admitted sometimes traveling with others isn't an easy ride.

"I'm thinking of some people, friends and family that we've driven with and, felt quite nervous about it," said Lyon.

Fawley also recommends that people 75 and older take defensive driving courses.

The bill also provides an optional driving course for people in court with a driving offense.


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