Members of the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunication’s Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would require those over 80 to pass cognitive testing to obtain a driver’s License.
72 year old North Platte State Senator John Harms introduced this bill after hearing from constituents about their concerns with elderly family members getting behind the wheel. Senator Harms says he is rapidly approaching that 80 year mark and hopes someone would intervene when the time comes.
Senator Harms’ bill would require the DMV to administer the test along with eye screening and standard exams. He hopes the screening will catch drivers with impairments impacting judgment or memory so they don’t endanger themselves or others on the road.
Nebraska would be the first state to implement such a law.