GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - An 85-year-old Grand Rapids man says he was kicked off the road for being too old and is suing the Michigan Secretary of State for taking his license.
"The health reports show that I don't have any physical disability that would impair driving," Carl Hainer said.
Court and health records confirm that. One doctor even wrote Hainer had no medical issue to impair his health. And Hainer says he has a clean driving record.
Yet, he was referred to have a re-examination of his driving skills.
"I think one of our children may have filed this complaint," Hainer said. "I don't approve of it because I don't feel I've reached that point yet to get kicked to the curb."
The re-examination involves a verbal interview along with a written or practical driving test. It sometimes requires a doctor's statement.
The verbal test is standard. The rest depends on the outcome of that portion of the process.
Hainer passed the medical exams, but failed a driving test, according to court documents.
He asked for another examination and Secretary of State records show he failed again. Now, he can only drive with an instructor.
"I feel that I can still manage to drive to the market every week and back," he said.
It's not easy to know when it's time to get out from behind the wheel. But there is a process and signs to know when you or your loved one should.
Experts at AAA say being able to drive safely isn't about age, it's about ability.
There are warning signs someone should get off the road. The big ones include:
- Driver has two or more traffic tickets or warnings in the past two years.
- Driver has two or more crashes or close calls in the past two years.
- Ignoring or missing stop signs and other traffic signals.
- Confusing the gas and brake pedals.
- Driving too slow or too fast for conditions.
Hainer first tried to get a Kent County judge to reissue his license. That failed. He then filed a federal lawsuit against the Secretary of State, which is ongoing.
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