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Driven by current events, "Dr. Drew" on HLN focuses on the human - and human behavior - at the center of the story.

How old is too old to drive?

  • 86-year-old man unintentionally drove into a crowd leaving a funeral Monday
  • Nine people were hurt
How old is too old to drive?

86-year-old man plows into funeral crowd

86-year-old man plows into funeral crowd

An 86-year-old man unintentionally drove into a crowd leaving a funeral Monday afternoon at a church in Boise, Idaho.

Nine people were hurt, but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening at the time of the incident. There’s no word if the driver, who was not injured, will face charges.

But on Tuesday night, the story opened up a larger discussion for Dr. Drew’s panel. Who should regulate who's on the road?

Some states allow an individual to report a loved one to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  For example, in California, the DMV office says, “You may ask to keep your name confidential and DMV will attempt not to disclose your identity to the fullest extent possible.”  It also notes, "Physicians are required by law (Heath & Safety Code Section 103900) to report disorders characterized by lapses of consciousness, as well as Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Additionally, they may report any other condition if they believe it would affect the driver's ability to drive safely."

Reporting someone though, especially someone close, is a sensitive issue. No one wants to intentionally harm their relationship with that person.

“I’m often called upon to make these assessments,” Dr. Drew told HLN Tuesday night.  "The DMV reserves the final say on this and sometimes I'm very frustrated with their assessments … but I think it's incumbent on all of us to make sure we don't have any liabilities that can make us unsafe drivers.”

Holistic life coach, writer and speaker Hattie "RetroAge”, 77, added, “I think there should be more careful monitoring of every age.  When you hear the word 'elderly', a whole bunch of expectations show up and they're negative."

She continued, “[In the Boise incident], it could have been a young person that this happened to. So when you're driving a vehicle, anyone who has to be behind that wheel should have some testing or some other test than the simplistic ones we have now because everything is more complicated."

Watch the full discussion in the video box above.

Dr. Drew On Call airs Monday through Thursday on HLN at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Facebook and Twitter @DrDrewHLN.

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