OUR VIEW - BMV should be able to retest some drivers

Getting a driver's license in Ohio is a little bit like joining a fraternity or the mafia. It might be hard to get in, but once you're in, you're in for life. Okay, you have to take a vision test every so often.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Getting a driver's license in Ohio is a little bit like joining a fraternity or the mafia. It might be hard to get in, but once you're in, you're in for life.

Okay, you have to take a vision test every so often.

Which is a good thing you don't have to do even that much in West Virginia or Kentucky. Apparently, vision doesn't deteriorate in more southern latitudes. Or maybe it's that those states don't see vision as important when it comes to one's ability to safely pilot an automobile.

Still, in the state of Ohio, if you pass a vision test, the BMV can retest only if a family member or doctor narcs on you (they can't do so anonymously) and claims there's a medical reason you shouldn't be on the road. Otherwise, there's pretty much no way for the BMV to make you prove you can parallel park, no matter how many people you've injured, maimed or killed.

In Michigan, on the other hand, a reexamination can be required for the following reasons: a physical or mental condition that impairs the ability to drive safely; involvement in three or more crashes resulting in injury or property damage during the last two years; involvement in a fatal accident; accruing 12 or more points on a driving record; conviction of violating the terms, restrictions or conditions of the driver's license.

Now we're not trying to take anyone's license away. It just seems reasonable to expect the BMV to retest anyone who's plowed through a building or a gaggle of pedestrians assuming they aren't filming Lethal Weapon VII.

Comments

freedom fighter...

I totally agree,except I would go further. To even get a job now,one must go through drug testing,rigorous physical exams,mental tests,etc.....To drive a 2,000 + lb. vehicle,yes,you pass a test at the ripe old age of 15 1/2!! No random "TEST" driving as random DRUG testing in jobs (or schools). As stated,as one grows older,(as I am also)the reflexes and mental abilities are hindered.
The AARP will not allow random or mandatory testing on its people. It is bull-headed and puts the burden on those of us who must watch out for our older relatives. As with the new law that "discriminates" against the young drivers, limiting the number of riders in vehicle,among other restrictions,it should be made law to randomly test drivers at the age of senior citizen qualification.
When the restrictions were put on the young, it was said that it is one more tool that parents have in providing for the saftey for our children. The very same can be said for the exact same reason for the children of the elderly. I happen to be one and the same. I must look out for my teenagers and my elderly parents. I believe there must be a law to provide family members with some "back-up" on this ever growing and very serious problem.