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Madison Democrat wants seniors to renew their drivers license every 4 years

Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison)
Wisconsin State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The dean of the Wisconsin Legislature is trying again to make senior citizens renew their drivers' licenses twice as often as the rest of us.  

Senate Democrat Fred Risser of Madison is seeking co-sponsors for a bill to make drivers 75 and older renew their licenses every four years instead of eight, with vision tests each time.

Risser previously wanted seniors to take a skill test every four years -- but he dropped the idea this time, after it went nowhere earlier.  

Risser -- who's 86 -- would be covered under the new requirements, and he says it's fine with him. He notes that the worst drivers are the very young and the very old, and insurance statistics bear that out.  

Helen Marks-Dicks of the state's AARP chapter says it's unfair to target drivers according to their age. She says there's already a system to deal with older problem drivers, through a DOT tip line.

Risser says there's nothing discriminatory about his bill. He says the state already requires police and firefighters to retire before they become senior citizens.  

Nineteen states have more frequent license renewals for older drivers, and 13 states require vision or road tests once drivers hit a certain age.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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