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Study of effects of aging on driving ability; advisory council.
Section 322.181, Florida Statutes 2005

322.181  Study of effects of aging on driving ability; advisory council.--

(1)  The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall study the effects of aging on driving ability. The purpose of the study is to develop a comprehensive approach to licensing drivers.

(2)  Issues to be studied by the department shall include the:

(a)  Effective and efficient identification of drivers at risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident because of functional limitations that affect their driving ability;

(b)  Prevalence and effect of degenerative processes affecting vision, hearing, mobility, cognitive functions, and reaction time;

(c)  Implementation and effect of the department's vision screening requirements and examination of new technologies;

(d)  Availability and effectiveness of remedial measures such as skills training, adaptive equipment, physical therapy, and adjustment of driving practices that will allow people to drive safely for as long as possible;

(e)  Availability of alternative forms of transportation for people who can no longer safely drive; and

(f)  Effectiveness of existing public education initiatives relating to at-risk drivers.

(3)  The department shall report the results of the study to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by February 1, 2004. The report shall include findings of the study and recommendations for improving the safety of at-risk drivers.

(4)  The department shall appoint an advisory council to participate in the study and to advise the department on issues related to older at-risk drivers on an ongoing basis. The council shall be known as the Florida At-Risk Driver Council. Members of the council shall include representatives of organizations involved with issues facing older drivers including state agencies, medical professionals, senior citizen advocacy groups, providers of services to senior citizens, and research entities.

History.--s. 2, ch. 2003-273.