The Boston Globe recently reported on proposed legislation which would require the Mass. RMV to administer mandatory vision screenings for drivers over 75 years old, who are attempting to renew their Massachusetts driver’s licenses. The bill would also provide immunity to physicians who report patients to may be unsafe to drive and it would prohibit text messaging while driving.
In addition to the vision screening, anti-text messaging, and other provisions, the bill would ban Massachusetts Junior Operators from using a cell phone while driving. Cell phone usage is thought to be a major source of driver distraction and a contributing cause to many motor vehicle accidents.
Massachusetts State Representative Charles Murphy (D) Burlington drafted the most recent version of the bill, which I predict will receive criticism from AARP and other groups which represent the interests of senior citizens.