Push for tougher laws for elderly drivers
(NECN: Latoyia Edwards, Boston, Mass.) - The issue of unsafe senior drivers has been in the news after several serious accidents involving elderly drivers in Massachusetts in the past few weeks. Now, a bill making its way through the State House would give doctors immunity to report drivers they ...
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Take senior drivers -- in the news after several serious accidents involving elderly drivers in Massachusetts in the past few weeks now bill making its way through the state house would give doctors immunity to report drivers that they have concerns about. And he CS LaToya Edwards joins us now with the -- Good afternoon today the bill received a green light from a powerful state health committee it gives doctors the responsibility. Of reporting unsafe drivers and it gives them legal protection. Five year old school -- operator Tomlin and is joining the public outcry for doctors to report unsafe older drivers. Dawn was heartbroken to see a four year old killed recently in a crosswalk. 01 year old injured it's I don't Wal-Mart in nearly a dozen other victims hurt this month allegedly because of poor senior drivers in Massachusetts. At the medical community have take alternate drive. Was impaired to drive Hayward they're bound. To notified average. That's not yet the -- Massachusetts. Positions are legally required to report unsafe drivers in California Delaware Nevada New Jersey organ in Pennsylvania representative Kate Honda is pushing to create a -- for Massachusetts doctors. To voluntarily report to the registry of motor vehicles. Drivers of any age and show cognitive and functional impairment. I don't make it mandatory for the Pistons report that. Well I. Actually the legislation that I wrote was mandatory. But there were some concerns about that the the committee really preferred. On that'd be. Made rather than she now and I think that's okay thing now it's the first step up. The Massachusetts registry of motor vehicles already has a voluntary position reporting system in place but representative -- legislation. Would give them immunity for the first time. I think this bill would also protect positions. And health care professionals so that they wouldn't be held liable if there if there was a problem. Professor Robert Stern is a major supporter he just received a quarter of a million dollar grant to develop a multi tiered evaluation system for driver's. Doctor stern says Massachusetts positions -- feel more comfortable reporting patients once they have legal protection. What if they. Let the registry note that someone's unsafe and that person says -- I'm fine I'm fine I'm gonna -- this this doctor or whomever for. You're making me lose my independence. This week representative con gained a major victory her proposal received a favorable recommendation from the committee on public safety and Homeland Security. So I think that. Because we've had -- serious situations. Maybe it's more likely that we could move it through. Now represented -- -- is hoping that her legislation is now on the fast track to be house ways and means committee for a cost analysis -- The type of business bill have the supportive AARP. It does have support from a wide variety of organizations from the AARP's amassed medical society and even triple H at full join her tomorrow for news conference at the state -- -- -- thanks to a report.