KY and IN Drivers can lose license if fail medical review

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the American population continues to age, more children are taking care of their parents. One difficult task is and knowing when to give up the car keys. In both Indiana and Kentucky drivers, sometimes drivers don't have a choice and can lose their license if they fail a medical review.  

"She's a pretty good driver--she's been driving for 70 years or so," said Charlie Shelton of his wife, Ann and then starts laughing.  "Not really (70), not really."

The Sheltons have been married for almost five years and have the same disagreements as other newlyweds.

"He's pretty good," said Ann of her husband's driving. "He gets a little fast every now and then. I have to holler at him."

The only difference is he's almost 70 and she will be 72 on Saturday. Both still have their licenses.

"Oh good grief," said Charlie laughing. "I got it when I was 15."

When the time comes, however, the Sheltons and other folks at the Kling Senior Center in Louisville say they will willingly stop driving.

"If I start acting funny or going the wrong way, take my keys away from me," said Dolores Coleman who will only admit to being over 69.

Sometimes it's not that easy, which is why certain people can report drivers regardless of their age to the Medical Review Board. In Kentucky it's made up of three doctors, one of whom is an ophthalmologist.

In Indiana anyone can make a report anonymously. In Kentucky only certain people like a physician, law enforcement officers, or two citizens with a sworn affidavit can report a driver.

"We are not aware of any case where someone was maliciously reported to the medical review board," said Chuck Wolfe, spokesperson for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. "Were that to happen, the people, and that would make two of them, doing that would open themselves to the possibility of criminal charges

Once reported, a driver will receive a letter and medical exam they must take to a doctor.

"The board will take the physician's report," said Wolfe. "The board may decide to have a hearing on your case and can invite you to that as well ."

Coleman, who still drives her friends, says she likes it.

"I think it would be helpful to some people because a lot of people don't believe in going to the doctor and this way they would have to go," said Coleman.

Others worry about the cost.

"That's too much for a person in a fixed income," said Vernon Combs at the King Senior Center.

WAVE 3 asked the Sheltons how they would feel if they got the letter.

"I would be upset, but I would follow it," said Ann. "If they wanted me to go to the doctor I would go."

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