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Grand Rapids man, 85, sues Sec. of State after license taken away

September 26, 2013 by Steven M. Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten of Michigan Auto Law weighs in on the elderly driving debate with the Grand Rapids Press

When 85-year-old Carl Hainer of Grand Rapids, had his drivers license taken away from the Secretary of State due to a medical condition – but despite a clean driving record – he filed a lawsuit against the state.

Grand Rapids Press reporter John Agar covered the story, which brings up the controversial debate regarding elderly driving: Should elderly drivers be able to continue to drive, or are they posing safety issues on the road?

Agar interviewed Steven Gursten, head of Michigan Auto Law, for some legal insight.

Gursten recommended mandatory safety exams for drivers starting at 72. He said a quick examination could include a vision test, mental-health test for dementia and a test for physical ability, balance and coordination.

“As far as personal liberties, I take that very seriously. It has to be balanced in some way with protecting the safety of the public,” Gursten said.

Read the full Grand Rapids Press story here: Grand Rapids man, 85, sues Secretary of State after driver’s license is yanked

September 26, 2013

Related information:

Why Michigan’s new elderly driving law does not protect the public or the elderly

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