Vision Tests Proposed for Senior Drivers

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The Senate transportation committee has approved a bill establishing increased scrutiny of older drivers.

The bill filed by state Senator John Carona of Dallas would set up a vision test for drivers to renew their licenses at age 79.

The bill also would require drivers to renew their licenses every two years after they turn 85 with DPS officers having the discretion to order a driving test as well.

Carona says statistics show that older drivers have more accidents.

The committee passed the bill yesterday as the House Law Enforcement Committee also passed a similar companion bill.

The proposal has faced little opposition, but AARP-Texas spokesman Rafael Ayuso cautioned against rules that discriminate against older people.