Bill To Tighten Up The Rules on Older Drivers is Introduced in Virginia
A spate of recent crashes in Virginia has once again asked questions about older drivers on our roads.
Now a bill introduced by State Sen. Jef McWalters would require older drivers to test more often to renew their licenses.
The Virginian-Pilot reports on how the bill would lower the age to 75 from 80 for mandatory license renewal in person in Virginia. It would require anybody aged 75 or older to renew every five years rather than the current eight-year mandate.
This is a significant issue because the number of elderly drivers is increasing rapidly in Virginia and across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It says the number of licensed drivers aged 65 and higher jumped 21 percent from 2003 to 2012.
Alarmingly the number of elderly people killed in traffic crashes has also increased. In 2012, 5,560 people over 65 perished in crashes, the NHTSA states.
Recently I reported on the tragic death of Keairra Diggs, a young mother who died in a head-on collision caused by an 87-year-old man in Suffolk. The elderly driver later died from his injuries.
In May, 2013 about 60 people were injured in western Virginia when an elderly driver drove his car into a group of hikers.
As I explained in a recent video, there may well be a good case for Virginia to tighten up its laws related to older drivers. If you have been hurt in a car, truck or motorcycle accident in Virginia through the fault of an older driver or any other driver call our Hampton, VA auto accident attorneys at 757.455.0077 or see Cooperhurley.com.