New Mexico’s Legislature is considering a bill that would impose stricter monitoring and license renewal standards on older drivers.
In addition to a vision exam, Senate Bill 125 would subject drivers 75 years and older to tests of their reflexes, reaction times, motor skills and coordination. and may include other physical or mental examinations at their license renewal.
Additionally, the bill would require a driver to renew the driver’s license at no cost every two years from age 75 to 84; every year, from age 85 to 89; and every six months from age 90 and thereafter.
Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, said the requirement would help to determine older drivers’ fitness to operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle safely upon the highways.
Typically, drivers must renew their license every four or eight years.
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