My father is 82 years old. He lives alone since Mom died five years ago. He still pastors a local church and presides over services three times a week. He lives fifteen miles out of town and drives in for all of those services plus weekly runs to grocery shop and do banking.
Four years ago when he went to get his license renewed the person who waited on him "felt sorry" for him because he gave a sob story about Mom dying. She allowed him to cheat on his test by giving him multiple chances to guess at the letters on the vision test. I know this because I was there.
He recently went to get his license renewed and failed (thank God) the vision test. They gave him 10 days to get corrective glasses and return to retake the test. During that ten days he continued to drive. I have taken him to a local eye doctor and discovered that he has severe glaucoma and cataracts. He his HELL bent on getting corrective glasses and getting his license back.
My problem is that his vision isn't his only problem. Dad's reflex and response/reaction time is horrific. He recently turned onto a dead end road at night, crashed into trees then backed up to turn around and would have driven straight into a 12 foot deep ditch but his car bottomed out on the edged, preventing him from going in. He got help to pull the car out and no one called the cops.
As recently as 2 weeks ago he ran into a barricade (breaking it) in a road construction zone. He simply backed up and drove away.
Both his vehicles (a Lincoln and a Mercury Marquis) look like they've been through a war zone. Parking light lenses get broken out regularly, huge chunks missing from the rubberized section of the back bumpers, etc.
I fear that he will, in fact, get glasses strong enough to pass the vision test and re-obtain his license. I am in Louisiana and I have called local LEAs and have been told there is nothing they can do until he is caught driving without a valid license, or there is an accident.
I don't want to have to go to the scene of a wreck where my father (or God forbid a family) is wrapped around a tree on the side of a road.
Dad is livid with me and calls me a traitor for trying to help him see that it's a MORAL issue (I'm trying to play on his religious beliefs). He says he'd rather be dead then be "stuck at home and not able to come and go as he pleases".
I have siblings, yes, but they aren't in the picture, if you get my drift.
Regardless of how angry he is, I am determined to see that he does not drive any more. Yes, I have assured him that I will make sure he gets to go to the bank, grocery store, etc.
Do any of you know of any legal avenues I can take to prevent a tragedy?