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Tragedy heats up debate on elderly driving

July 17, 2003

Albany- Dozens of people are giving blood to victims run over by an elderly California driver.

This horrible crash raises the debate on an age cut off for getting a driver's license.

Nineteen states require drivers older than 65 or 70, to renew their licenses in person, to renew them more often, and to pass road and vision tests. But Georgia's not one of them. Elderly drivers are involved in thousands of crashes every year.

In Georgia, all drivers must pass vision tests every eight years, but outside of that, there are no regulations for elderly drivers.

If you are concerned about an elderly person's driving, there is something you can do. You can send a letter to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, Medical Advisory Board, 2206 East View Parkway, Conyers, Georgia, 30013.

posted at 10:25 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com