Plans underway to regulate elderly drivers – InCyprus

Traffic Police Chief Yiannakis Charalambous says that a legislative draft proposal in the works to end the problem of unfit elderly motorists getting behind the wheel.

Charalambous, who was asked questions about the recent road death in which a woman of 69 was run down by a 90-year-old motorist on the Astromeritis-Nicosia motorway, said plans were in the pipeline to lay down stricter guidelines for elderly drivers.

“The Road Safety Council is expected to submit a draft proposal which would call for all drivers over the age of 75 to obtain a doctor’s certificate every year to establish if they are fit enough to get behind the wheel,” said Charalambous.

The Road Safety Unit is responsible for handling all matters in the field of road safety which are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works

“We will all grow old one day and there will come a time when we can no longer get behind the wheel. We all have to accept that. But it is also important for the relatives and loved ones of these elderly drivers to act. They too have a responsibility to persuade them to give up driving.”

Saturday night’s incident – in which Raisa Resetco was knocked down by the car being driven by a 90-year-old motorist – led to the arrest of the pensioner. He has also been charged.

“The driver in question had told investigators that he never saw the victim step out in front of his car. The lighting can also not be an excuse. On that particular motorway, the road may not be lit everywhere but the car lights are adequate for safe driving.”