About the GrandDriver Program
While most older drivers are good drivers, the physical changes associated with aging can ultimately affect their ability to drive safe. To make everyone aware of this, the organizations shown at the bottom of this section are proud to present “GrandDriver,” a program that provides information about aging and its effects on driving.
The "GrandDriver" program urges the public – particularly drivers over 65 and their adult children – to learn more about the effects of aging on their ability to drive and to talk about all of the issues involved in this complex subject.
Physical Changes in Older Drivers That May Affect Driving
A variety of age-related changes may make driving more difficult for older persons, including:
- Impaired vision especially diminished visual acuity, narrowed field of vision, difficulty in low-light conditions (dusk, fog, etc.), and difficulty following moving objects.
- Hearing loss.
- Limited joint mobility including arthritis and pain in the back, neck, or hips.
- Loss of strength in the arms and legs.
- Various neurological issues including prolonged reaction times or more serious dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Drivers Evaluation and Rehabilitation Programs
There are a number of organizations that can conduct driver evaluations or “competency tests” for an older driver. These organizations can assess a driver’s physical and mental abilities to drive safely. They may also be able to recommend simple changes in driving habits that will make driving safer and also recommend simple devices (such as a wide-angle rearview mirror) that can help drivers continue to drive safely. Unfortunately, these programs are not available to drivers free of charge. Most programs charge a fee ($100 or higher) for this service.
Within Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a list of State approved Driver Training Schools. These schools provide driver training and evaluation for a fee.
Reporting Medically Impaired or Unsafe Drivers in Nebraska
Driving is more than just a means of transportation in America. To many older persons, the car is a symbol of independence, a social and economic status symbol, and a part of their adult life and personality. The loss of driving privileges is not only associated with limited mobility but also decreased socialization and independence. It is not surprising, that convincing an older driver to hand over their car keys, turn in their license, and give up driving is very emotional and difficult.
The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can help families and friends convince an older driver to turn in their license. The DMV is responsible for the review of individuals who may have a physical or mental condition that interferes with their ability to drive safely. In reviewing a driver’s abilities, DMV’s goal is to allow the individual to drive for as long as they can exercise reasonable and ordinary control over their vehicle.
The DMV has an established procedure that allows individuals to (confidentially) report drivers they believe to be unsafe or have a medical condition that jeopardizes their safety and others on the roadway. A thoroughly completed Citizen Reexamination Report must be sent to the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles identifying this driver and describing the problems this driver may be having along with any other relevant information. Email requests cannot be accepted.
The DMV will review the submitted and the driver's record of the individual in question. The DMV may contact you for further information. If the DMV finds sufficient cause, the driver will be sent a certified letter requesting they appear at an identified drivers license examination site. They will also be instructed to bring a completed valid vision and medical statement (conducted within the past 90 days). They also will be requested to be prepared to take the written and drive portion of the driver’s test.
If the individual fails to submit an acceptable medical or vision report or fails any portion of the driver’s test, their license will be cancelled at that time.
If the driver desires to challenge the vision or medical cancellation, they may appeal that decision through the DMV’s Medical Advisory Board. If they are cancelled because of a failure to successfully pass the written or drive test, they may attempt to retake the tests at any time.
Other Older Driver Resources
Did you know in 2016 Nebraska...
- Teen drivers ages 19 and younger represented 7.2% of all licensed drivers in Nebraska; (includes all Learner's Permit (LPD), School Permit (SCP), and Provisional Operator Permit (POP).
- In 2016, 100% of the 12 teen traffic fatalities (drivers and passengers, ages 13-19) were NOT wearing seat belts.
Nebraska teen drivers (ages 19 & younger) were involved in:
- 21% of all reported crashes.
- 24% of crashes were between 9 p.m. and midnight.
- 16% of crashes between midnight and 3 a.m.
- 26% of crashes using a cell phone.
- 35% of "exceeding the speed limit" crashes.
- 18% of "failure to yield" crashes.
- 26% of all single-vehicle rollover crashes.
- 21% of crashes due to "road conditions" which were wet and/or snowy.
- 23% of "speed too fast for conditions" crashes.
- 25% of rear-end type collisions.
- 11% of alcohol-involved crashes.
Nebraska .02 Law - "Zero Tolerance"
The Nebraska .02 law or “zero tolerance law” is a law to prevent minors from drinking and driving. Under the law, minors (defined as anyone under age 21) are prohibited from driving with more than .02 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath.
The .02 "zero tolerance" law makes it unlawful for anyone under age 21 to have a measurable amount of alcohol in their body while driving on Nebraska roadways.
For more details, click on a corresponding section of law:
- 60-6,211.01 Persons under 21 years of age; prohibited acts.
- 60-6,211.02 Implied consent to submit to a chemical test; when test is administered; refusal; penalty.
- 60-6,211.03 Impound operator’s license; operation relating to employment authorized.
- 60-6,211.04 Applicability of additional laws.
Other Younger Driver Resources
- An Overview of Graduated Licensing In Nebraska
- Drive It Home - National Safety Council
- Drive Smart Nebraska (DSN) Coalition
- Driver Training Schools
- Teen Smart. - National Safety Council
- The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety: AAA Keys2Drive