Crackdown on elderly drivers could be coming

February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

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February 21, 2012 Updated Feb 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM EDT

Ontario is considering a crackdown on elderly drivers.

The Toronto Star reports that the province's transportation minister is concerned about the increasing number of senior citizens behind the wheel, especially those with dementia.

"I think we need to accelerate our attention to it," said Bob Chiarelli.

He predicted that there will be a "tightening across the board" of the system that currently allows full driving privileges for many seniors with dementia.

One possibility is the introduction of graduated licensing for elderly drivers in Ontario, much like the current restrictions on drivers under the age of 18.

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