Family Petitions Local Government to Retest Elderly Drivers


A family in Buffalo, New York has started a petition to require elderly drivers to retake their road test as a condition of maintaining their driver’s license. The petition was prompted by a car accident occurring last June involving Michael Stoldt, a 29-year-old father of two who died after he was hit while riding his motorcycle. The 70-year-old driver who hit him did not yield the right of way.

Stoldt’s family believes that retesting elderly drivers will help prevent other families from enduring similar tragedies in the future. He left behind a 3-year-old son and a 1-year-old daughter who will grow up without ever getting to know their father.

The petition was launched online last Sunday night. Stoldt’s family is hoping to get 10,000 signatures so that the New York State legislature might consider placing this on their agenda.

While some elderly people are still perfectly competent drivers, there are many on the road who may have deteriorated eye sight or may be experiencing the early stages of dementia, which may adversely impact their ability to safely operate a vehicle. By retesting elderly drivers, we can ensure that those who are no longer capable of driving will not place others in greater danger of injury due to an avoidable car accident.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. An experienced attorney can help you with the filing of your claim.