House committee knocks down older driver bill

Staff WriterApril 8, 2009 

A House committee today knocked the teeth out of proposed legislation that would have required road tests for drivers older than 85 and reduced drivers license terms from five years to three years for those older than 75.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Ric Killian, a Charlotte Republican, ran into opposition in the House Transportation Committee this morning.

"It takes away everything the bill was intended to do," Killian said before a vote on amendments proposed by Rep. Bill McGee, a Forsyth County Republican. "There's really nothing else I can say."

Members were apparently swayed by arguments by McGee and AARP representatives that state law already includes mechanisms for keeping unsafe older drivers off the road. In one example, Division of Motor Vehicles examiners can require a road test of any driver of any age.

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