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“Persons who have supplied information to the Department in good faith regarding a driver’s fitness to drive shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability in connection with providing such information, unless it is proven that such person acted in bad faith or with malicious intent,” the draft legislation says.

The group also recommends “continuing to monitor and collect data on drivers age 85 and older and their incidents of crashes, improper actions and convictions to determine whether the license renewal period should be further shortened.”

The study shows fewer crashes per licensed older driver but an increasing rate of older drivers being at fault when crashes do occur. Figures also indicate that when older drivers are involved in crashes, they are more likely to suffer injuries or fatalities compared with drivers in other age ranges.

The driver licensing committee also recommends amending state code to give judges the option of requiring drivers to attend “mature driver motor vehicle crash prevention courses where applicable based on the offenses committed.”