Require Stricter Driving Tests for Senior Citizens

Target: United States Congress

Goal: Require more stringent driver license renewal testing for senior citizens

In America, the two demographics that cause the most automobile accidents each year are teenagers and senior citizens. Most teenagers are just learning how to drive, so a lack of experience is obviously the reason they pose a significant risk. Senior citizens have experience but are also more likely to be have declining motor skills and an accelerated lack of sensory perception.  This is not to say everyone over the age of 65 should immediately lose their driving privilege, but something needs to be done if elderly people wish to continue operating motor vehicles on our roads and highways. Help ensure that driving is as safe as possible for all motorists by requiring stricter driving renewal testing for senior citizens.

This week an 87-year-old New Hampshire man crossed over into on coming traffic and veered into a crowd of over 200 motorcyclists who were participating in a memorial ride. Two of the motorcyclists were killed and six others were hurt. According to police, alcohol was not a factor in the collision. Incidents like this reminds us that we can’t treat every driver the same. It is likely that many 87-year-olds are very efficient and conscientious drivers who don’t pose a higher than average risk to other motorists. However, it is unlikely that 87-year-old drivers on average are an equal risk or less risk than 37-year-old drivers; this is mainly due to factors like loss of motor skill or reaction time.

States are divided as to how they test license renewal for senior citizens. Six states require a vision test for seniors upon renewal, and two require a road test after age 75. States like Tennessee, however, do not require any sort of renewal for drivers over 65 years of age. We need a federal law that mandates strict road and vision testing for all seniors wishing to renew their license. Driving is a privilege, and we as dutiful citizens must realize when the time for us to responsibly exercise that privilege has passed. Help implement stricter renewal testing to better evaluate when each driver is no longer fit to drive, and hopefully spare lives of those who still are.



Dear Members of Congress,

As responsible citizens of this country, who are endeavoring to make roadways across the nation safer for all drivers and passengers, we call upon you to create federal legislation that would require strict vision and road testing for all senior citizens seeking to renew their driver license. Next to teenagers, seniors pose the greatest threat to motorists on our roads today, and there is no justification for elderly citizens to be allowed to hold on to the privilege to drive longer than their abilities dictate.

We do not demand the seizing of every senior citizen’s license. We ask that each elderly individual earn his or her right to continue driving; and that they do so on short intervals, so as to avoid a critical loss of ability going undetected. This must be done to protect all other motorists and passengers who are being placed at risk by so many unfit elderly drivers populating the roadways today. We urge you to act now and save an untold number of innocent lives.


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  1. This myth has been circulated on numerous occasions, usually by those who stand to gain financially on the backs of seniors. An example of that in Canada is The DriveABLE driving company, started by a man and wife team from the University of Alberta, who act as consultants to the Transport Ministry’s of Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

    Studies conducted in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, some of these over a 5 and 6 year period, and using 1000 senior drivers, have all concluded that,” Senior Drivers are the Safest Drivers on the Roads”. And in Australia, it is a violation of the Human Rights Code, to require special testing of seniors.

    Confirmation of my comments may be viewed by going to the website,

    The one question that comes to mind, when I saw this petition is ” Who is Jonathan Bruce Moore”, and has he a connection to the licencing and driver testing industry?

  2. We don’t have an older driver problem, especially when low mileage bias, fragility bias, and defensive driving bias are taken into account. The mandatory screening of older drivers decreases the safety of the transportation system. Jurisdictions that have mandatory screening have fewer seniors driving, identical or slightly worse senior crash rates, and significantly higher total road related fatalities because seniors have been moved toward unprotected modes of mobility

  3. Patrick Baldwin says:

    I think it is a great idea to have mandatory annual vision screening and driving skills testing for anyone over age 65. This past week in Michigan we lost a Michigan State Trooper who was run over on his patrol motorcycle by a man in his seventies. The elderly man dragged the officer for three miles before pulling into a rest area. The driver claimed he was unaware he had hit the officer. To all the elderly who get upset reading my comment just remember that I will hopefully be 65 years old one day too. This isn’t an issue of age discrimination, but merely an attempt to make our roads safer for everyone.

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