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This stat about Fla. drivers will surprise you

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There's a debate among drivers. How old is too old to be behind the wheel?

"When I don't feel comfortable," Sandra Vivirito said.

"As long as I can get behind the wheel and have my faculties and move around, I will continue to drive," Salvatore Vivirito said.

Of Florida's 16 million drivers, more than 3 million are older than 65.

Doreen Landstra was 79 when she accidentally killed 3 people backing up in a church parking lot in February.

Science tells us reaction times slow as we age.  Still, there's no law in Florida requiring drivers to take any sort of physical retest to keep their license as they age.  You do have to pass an eye exam at 80, but again, no actual driving test.

"I think there should be a road test at a certain age," Vivirito said.

"I think it's a good idea to have a driver retest at a certain age, really for the safety of both the driver and those driving around that individual," Amanda Johnson said.

But is it fair to target seniors?  The statistics say no.

"The crash stats that we have in Florida, the older drivers, the more experienced drivers, are having safer crash rates," said Sgt. Steve Gaskins with the Florida Highway Patrol.  "Young drivers 15 to 24, they have the highest crash rates.

For some drivers, age is just a number. The miles are what matters.

"The older I get the less of a hurry I am in," Michele Trifler said.

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