Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Vision Test for Elderly Drivers Among New Florida Laws in 2004

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU
 
demdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 08:52 AM
Original message
Vision Test for Elderly Drivers Among New Florida Laws in 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida drivers age 80 and over must pass a vision test to renew their licenses under a new law taking effect in 2004.
Starting Jan. 1, the state's more than 500,000 elderly drivers will be required to either take the test in person or have a form signed by their eye doctor saying they've passed.

All drivers who renew in person already get a vision test. But most renew by mail, which they can do every six years up to three times, meaning they can go 18 years without the test.

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGAG7AMHVOD.html
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Democrats unite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 09:05 AM
Response to Original message
1. As someone who lives in Florida...
Edited on Wed Dec-31-03 09:05 AM by Democrats unite
I think this is great!!!

edit spelling
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 09:25 AM
Response to Original message
2. Dave Barry sez they can use their canes...
Lean out the driver's side and tap for the curb...

Rove might be upset by this move. Jebbie has always been good for a "101-y-o driver plows into group of tourists when her stack of phone books slip..." stories to get our atention off beltway hocus-pocus....
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 09:51 AM
Response to Original message
3. Excellent idea.
My 85 yo grandmother had no business driving the last 3 years she lived but she could always pass a written test sent to her in the mail with the answer book included.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SheilaT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 09:52 AM
Response to Original message
4. I've never understood
any driver's license renewal system that doesn't at a minimum recheck eyesight.

Here in Kansas we renew every five years and we have to pass a new written test each time. But to make it easy, they send out a copy of the test and the test booklet a couple of weeks ahead of time. And you can fill out the test ahead of time and simply hand it in.

It's really a great system, because it forces you to think about the rules of the road, even if you wind up looking up the answer to every question.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
demdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 09:53 AM
Response to Original message
5. The worst thing about elderly drivers is......
they always decide they are too old to drive AFTER they wreck the 1969 Nova with 30k miles on it.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
drb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 11:29 AM
Response to Original message
6. I've seen an elderly lady come into a customer service office...
...and ask for help writing a check to pay her bill, because she can't see well.

Then she goes out, gets in her car, and drives off.

Personally, even though Florida is part of the BFEE, I wouldn't have a problem with this.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Gin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 11:46 AM
Response to Reply #6
7. It's a good thing
happy new year!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
FlaGranny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 11:47 AM
Response to Reply #6
8. Well, that's not as bad as it seems. Some people
Edited on Wed Dec-31-03 11:48 AM by FlaGranny
are farsighted and can see perfectly well to drive, but can't see things up close, like checkbooks and newspapers. That's me sort of. Except I'm actually nearsighted. I wear contacts or glasses and see 20/20 for distance with them, but must take off my glasses/contacts to see up close or else put on reading glasses over my contacts. Maybe the old lady was wearing contacts and forgot her reading glasses.

P.S. I agree that this is a good law, though.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Mel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 04:19 PM
Response to Original message
9. Good law
but I have to think about the ones who won't be able to get around anymore. What a drag it is getting old in this country!

So, do you think when the Baby Boomers (more of them than any other age group) start hitting this point in their lives that maybe, just maybe more will be done so the elderly will be able to get around *mass transportation* in this country? I sure hope so!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
methinks2 Donating Member (894 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 05:09 PM
Response to Original message
10. Finally
Good news. I am so tired of needing to leap out of the way of these seniors when they're backing up. Yes I did have one back right into my car in the shopping center parking lot. Did you know that all parking lot incidents are automatically "no fault" in Fla. I found out the hard way. I really do like seniors, just not if they're heavily medicated or can't see.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
boneygrey Donating Member (651 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 06:23 PM
Response to Original message
11. I wish N.C. would do the same.
Anytime I see a Buick, I get as far away as I can. 90% of the time, they're over 80. :thumbsup:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 06:36 PM
Response to Original message
12. We have to every time for everyone here in Las Vegas.
Don't need a written test, tho.

In Hawaii, had the written test - with the test and answers posted along the walls while you were waiting to take it - everytime you renewed. Don't remember doing the vision test, tho - things become a distant memory after about 7 years!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jul 23rd 2014, 07:45 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Latest Breaking News Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC