Kansas Older Drivers Have Extra Help

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, September 17, 2012

More elderly drivers are on Kansas roads and the nation as a whole, as baby boomers age and continue to take to the highways.

In Kansas, once residents reach age 65 they must renew their licenses every four years instead of six as they did when they were younger.

The issue of older drivers has emerged again after a 100-year-old driver backed over a group of Los Angeles schoolchildren last month. An Associated Press review of state laws nationally show a hodgepodge of rules, reflecting scientific uncertainty and public unease over when it's time to stop driving.

Kansas doesn't have any pending changes to driving requirements, but programs exist to help keep older drivers current. Transit services are also growing, providing rides for those who've given up their keys.

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