3/4: Road Rules: Re-Testing Drivers at Age 65?

March 4, 2011 by  
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There could be even longer lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles if nearly two-thirds of Americans have their way.  66% of adults nationally think licensed drivers should be required to re-take their road test once they reach the age of 65.  32% believe another road test is not necessary, and 3% are unsure.

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Not surprisingly, younger Americans are more in favor of the suggestion than are older ones.  Most — 84% — of those younger than 30 years old, 76% of those 30 to 44, and 62% of those aged 45 to 59 think re-testing drivers at age 65 should be mandatory.  Even 48% of those 60 or older agree.

Table: Mandatory Road Test at 65

Marist Poll Methodology



7 Responses to “3/4: Road Rules: Re-Testing Drivers at Age 65?”

  1. Arthur Anderson on March 6th, 2011 4:05 pm

    Its discrimination to cull any group of citizens based on age alone. Its the same reason women and children must remove their shoes at the Airport.
    If everyone takes a road test then OK.
    ‘Discrimination’ is the prejudicial treatment of an individual based solely on their membership in a certain group or category.
    The right, guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to be treated the same, legally, as others in the same situation. If a law discriminates between one group of people and another, the government must have a rational basis for doing so. A law that discriminates on the basis of a suspect classification — that is, it makes a distinction based on race, gender, or another trait (age, defined as a discriminatory trait, through the passage of the Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967) that has historically resulted in discriminatory treatment — is constitutional only if there is a very compelling reason for the distinction.

  2. How old is too old to drive? on March 6th, 2011 10:54 pm

    [...] Sixty-five year olds are typically stepping into retirement, opting for social security and potentially may be retaking their road test. A whopping two thirds of Americans surveyed say drivers should retake the road test at age 65, according to a Marist poll.  [...]

  3. Kim. C on March 31st, 2011 4:22 pm

    So Arthur, you think it’s discrimination to make teenagers take driving tests?

  4. jay on June 22nd, 2011 12:15 am

    Yeah, I agree. We not talking about discrimination but the fact that at age 65 or older get decreased physical abilities and eyesight . So, in my opinion re-testing drivers at age 65 is a good idea

  5. Rob of Car Sale Dallas on July 15th, 2011 3:31 am

    What a great thread. I have been involved in the motor trade for over 20 years and find this subject fascinating. I totally agree that those of an elderly age should take another driving test – we all know that our reactions get slower and eye sight is not what it used to be once you are an elderly age. Far too many accidents happen due to the fact that an elderly person could not react to an on road incident. I for one agree to this test and hope it pushes through ASAP

  6. Stan on September 15th, 2011 3:30 pm

    I do agree with the idea, since I’ve heard a number of sad stories about elderly drivers not being able to react quickly enough, or even press the gas pedal instead of the brake by mistake. On the other hand, I know an 80 year old guy, who can put most younger drivers to shame by his driving skills!

  7. cooki on February 7th, 2015 1:24 am

    let the old people drive if they want to age is a number they get wiser when they are older

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