Older drivers face confusing array of license laws

Utah among the states trying to find ways to spot at-risk drivers

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  • Z South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:12 a.m.

    Why the national push to standardize license requirements. Drivers licenses are the responsibility of the individual states, and nearly all drivers are familiar with their own states requirements. Moving to a 'national' standard will actually create more confusion, with no real benefit.

  • Lowonoil Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    You will be too old to to drive too someday, if you are lucky. What are you doing to place yourself in a position to remain independent when that happens?
    I'm planning to relocate to a walkable community near shopping, transit corridors, and places where older people might socialize. I also do lots of walking now to be sure I don't lose the ability to do so as I get older.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 18, 2012 5:26 a.m.

    In defense of older drivers my belief is they are not more hazardous or less safe than younger drivers. More cautious they are and many drugs they do take. But drugs is not limited to the elderly, what about all the teens on hallucinatory drugs to maintain socially controllable children that suppress and slows down there mental processing abilities?

    The elderly are not as serious a problem as is portrayed. Physical abilities are not as restrictive or relative either, impatience, rash judgments, impaired driving is more a young persons problem than the elderly. I don't think there are anymore grandfather licenses in existence and most elderly still active are from the 50's and they all received drivers training that makes today's drivers training a pathetic joke. Older drivers went through a different process of getting their first license, they had learning permits which developed safer and more experienced responsible drivers.

    New drivers should be required a 6 month temporary permit before they are licensed.

    Make it mandatory for parents to help children learn and save lives and improve driver safety, inconvenience is no excuse to kill their children or neighbors.