State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would require older drivers to have their abilities behind the wheel tested more often.
The legislation from state Senator John Lehman (D-Racine) would require drivers over the age of 75 to renew their license every four years, instead of the current eight. They would also have to pass a vision and driving skills test. Currently, only a vision test is required.
Lehman says the change is designed to improve safety and also serve as a starting point for discussions in families about when it’s appropriate for seniors to be driving.
AUDIO: Sen. John Lehman (:09)
The proposal is meeting with some resistance though. Helen Marks Dicks with AARP-Wisconsin says it’s unfair to target drivers based on their age. She calls the legislation “discriminatory.”
AUDIO: Helen Marks Dicks (:10)
Dicks says a system is already in place if families or friends are concerned about someone’s abilities behind the wheel. The state Department of Transportation operates a tip line that people can call and anonymously report a driver if they are concerned about issues with their ability to drive.
The bill is currently awaiting a hearing at the Capitol.