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Nebraska Drivers Respond to Cognitive Test Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would require drivers older than age 80 to pass a cognitive test to ensure they're physically and mentally capable of driving.

The Legislature's Transportation and Telecommunications Committee heard from advocates and opponents of Scottsbluff Sen. John Harms' bill on Tuesday.

Harms says he introduced the bill in light of U.S. Census Bureau predictions of more older drivers being on the road over the next 20 years.

Harms says he believes Nebraska would be the first state to require a cognitive test if his bill passed, but not the first to require extra requirements for elderly people to renew their licenses.

One motorist, 76-year-old Jack Sample, of Grand Island testified against the bill saying it targets elderly people unfairly.


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