THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

53

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2004

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON ELDERLY DRIVERS.

 

WHEREAS, the number of drivers in the United States seventy years of age or older is over 18.5 million; and

WHEREAS, that number is expected to double by the year 2030; and

WHEREAS, generally, elderly drivers experience a slowdown in response time, lose clarity in vision and hearing, lose muscle strength and flexibility, may suffer drowsiness from increased medications, and experience a decreased ability to focus or concentrate; and

WHEREAS, Congress has acknowledged the importance of researching issues related to elderly drivers and has supported funding of the University of Florida's National Older Driver Research Center; and

WHEREAS, despite recent news reports of horrific traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers, statistically, drivers under the age of thirty cause more injuries and kill more people than elderly drivers; and

WHEREAS, recently, the Legislature addressed the problems of youthful drivers by establishing appropriate regulations to ensure that these drivers are better prepared to meet the demands of operating a motor vehicle; and

WHEREAS, before the Legislature considers whether any action is warranted with respect to elderly drivers, more information is needed to provide logical and effective legislation, if any; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2004, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Department of Transportation is requested to conduct a study on elderly drivers in Hawaii to include, but not limited to, determinations as to whether:

(1) The elderly should not be allowed to drive after reaching a certain age;

(2) Additional licensing requirements should be instituted for elderly drivers (i.e. more frequent drivers' examinations, night-driving prohibitions, checking for infirmities, and related issues); and

(3) More stringent driving regulations will affect the elderly, and if so, to what extent; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Attorney General is requested to assist the Department of Transportation in determining, as part of the study, what if any constitutional restrictions exist regarding age discrimination as it relates to restrictions on drivers' licenses for senior citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Attorney General, and to the Director of Transportation, who in turn is requested to transmit copies to any interested groups representing the elderly.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Elderly Drivers; DOT