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How to stop an elderly parent from driving

March 06, 2019 - 3:30 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Even a monarch can't stop his elderly parent from driving. How can you?

Can you imagine the family dinner at Buckingham Palace after 96-year-old Prince Philip was caught driving without a seat belt two days after flipping his Range Rover in an accident?  

Like Prince Charles, you also may have come to the conclusion that your elderly parent should not be driving. And while your parent doesn't have the power to have you beheaded — not sure if the king of England does either, but that would be cool. Not for Prince Charles — they certainly don't take kindly to your suggestion.  

Assuming you've discussed it and been rebuffed, what are your legal options to stop someone who should not be driving?

You can start by talking to your parent's doctor. While some state laws prohibit doctors from disclosing medical information to the DMV, most provide immunity to doctors who report patients in good faith. Even if the doctor can't report it, you can. Search your state's DMV website for how to report your parent's condition.  

He'll be mad, but he can't send you to the dungeon. Plus, the roads and your parent will be safer.