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  • Miriam Bingham

The Official Process – For when it’s time to take the keys

Taking the car keys is one of the hardest decisions – and one of the most resisted actions – that a caregiver can try to enforce. But if an elder loved one continues to drive despite physical or mental conditions, there is help. Michigan law allows citizens to request a reevaluation to determine if a person’s car should remain in park.

Michigan Vehicle Code, Section 257.320, allows the Secretary of State to reexamine a person’s driving abilities if they are believed to be incompetent to drive.

Those who fear a driver may be endangering themselves or the lives of others can get a copy of the Request for Driver Evaluation form (DA-88) by visiting a Secretary of State office. The form can be picked up from the check-in desk. You can also download the online form, E-DA-88, at Completing the form gives the state the authority to intervene.

The form is not anonymous as it requires detailed information on the person filing the report as well as on the driver who is allegedly unfit to drive. However, the state does not divulge the name of the person who filed the report.

The form can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to the address indicated on the form. Visit the Michigan Secretary of State website for local Secretary of State branch offices, or call 888-SOS-MICH; 888-767-6424.

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