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A 79-year-old woman who backed into a group of people could get her license back within a year. Many were surprised after an accident like this someone would be able to get their license back.

A Bradenton judge suspended Doreene Landstra's license for a year and ordered her to pay one-thousand dollars in fines. Landstra did not face criminal charges for the February accident. She accidentally backed into a group of people after a church service, hitting seven and killing three.

Glen Victor from the United Safety Council said if you have an elderly driver in your family, it can be difficult to have a conversation about taking away the keys.

He said it has been discussed if drivers should have their license taken away at a certain age. But the United Safety Council is not in favor of doing that because the age at which drivers are no longer capable of being on the road is different for everyone. Victor said we all know that elderly man or woman who is still sharp at age 90 or even older!

However, the Council is in favor of regular testing and education. He said in Florida at age 80 you have to actually go into the DMV to renew your license and take a vision test.

He also said insurance companies have voluntary programs where you can get a discount if you take a mature driver course.

Victor said he would like to see testing on the actual road, not just for older individuals but for everyone. He said reaction time slows as early as age 25.

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