By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Seven senior citizens sat around a banquet table Thursday night with retiree Harold Hartleroad, and joined him in applauding Gov. Cecil Underwood for his stand against mandatory retesting of older drivers to see if they are still fit to drive.
Underwood, 74, told about 150 volunteers of the state chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons that existing laws give police and state Department of Motor Vehicles officials authority to retest any motorist when there is evidence of risk or a poor driving record.
"It's not an age issue. It's an issue of driving record," Underwood said.
Thursday's meeting, held at the Holiday Inn Martinsburg, was the West Virginia chapter's first volunteers convention.
Two weeks ago, Joe Miller, newly appointed state motor vehicles commissioner, suggested that older drivers should no longer receive automatic driver's license renewals.