A crash in Miami has some wondering about limits on elderly drivers. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
Recently, an elderly female driver in Miami accidentally hit the gas while trying to parallel park and rammed into a crowd of outdoor diners. While it is with frustration we ponder why all the news reports felt the need to include the fact that she’s an elderly female, it does raise the question of what to do if you suspect an elderly driver—male or female—shouldn’t be driving.
In fact, the state of Vermont is currently debating a bill that would require all Vermont drivers over age 75 to pass a vision and driving test. But according to the AARP, age itself doesn’t cause accidents, which is true—fewer than 10 percent of all accidents are caused by drivers over age 70. That said, if you’re worried that a person isn’t a capable driver, talk to him. If that doesn’t work, talk to his doctor or search your state’s DMV website on how to report him before you find his—or her—name in the paper.