GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX)- According to Colorado State Patrol officers, at least 5 million elderly drivers have dementia or Alzheimer’s. As they drive on the road, elderly citizens with certain conditions can be considered an impaired driver, which makes driving unsafe not only for them but for everybody else on the road.
Colorado State Patrol says the transition from aging and driving with understanding & dignity is a group effort.
“We are all going to get older and, if we are fortunate enough to live long enough, every single one of us is going to reach an age where it may not be safe for us to drive on the road anymore,” Colorado State Trooper Ben Carnes elaborates, “We need to have alternatives and hopefully have family members or another support network available.”
Signs such as sudden stops and swerving are some of what law enforcement search for in impaired drivers and drivers under the influence.
Colorado State Patrol shares that, upon request, medical professionals can get involved if your loved one is becoming a safety risk behind the wheel.