Why Ms. Daisy was not allowed to drive herself: an examination of the need for federally mandated driver's license renewal procedures for elderly drivers

While varying solutions have been proposed or implemented regarding the issue of driver's license renewal reform for elderly drivers, it continues to be a growing concern. Across the United States, regulation remains inconsistent, as the dangers associated with elderly drivers' diminishing capacity to operator a motor vehicle have failed to be addressed uniformly by states. As drivers age, their vision, hearing, reaction time, and cognitive and motor abilities start to decline; in addition, projections show that by 2025, 18.2% of the population will be aged sixty-five or older. It is argued by the author that licensing renewal standards should be implemented by the federal government in order to protect the public from the growing population of elderly drivers. The first section contains a review of existing state statutes regarding license renewal procedures for elderly drivers, and it discusses these procedures' constitutionality. The second section offers an analysis of the federal government's ability to enact federally mandated licensing procedures. The third section presents arguments related to policy that support the implementation of federally mandated driving prerequisites for elderly drivers. And the final section concludes that a constitutionally viable basis is established by federal supremacy for supporting such a federally mandated licensing procedure.


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  • Accession Number: 01533023
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2014 5:18PM