A public hearing is planned for tomorrow on a bill before state lawmakers that would impact tens of thousands of older Nebraska drivers.
State Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff is proposing a measure that would require all drivers in Nebraska who are 80 years old or older to take congnitive tests to keep their licenses.
Harms says it’s one way to promote safety on our roads.
Critics say older drivers are more cautious behind the wheel than their younger counterparts but supporters of the bill say elderly motorists may be on meds that have an effect on their judgment and reaction times.
It’s estimated the bill could target as many as 60,000 of the state’s drivers.
Harms, by the way, will turn 73 later this month.