Some Seniors Afraid To Renew Driver's Licenses During Pandemic

Steve Miller
July 20, 2020 - 7:07 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After hearing state officials talk for months about the importance of social distancing, an 80-year-old LaSalle County man want to know how he’s supposed to safely take a road test to renew his driver’s license.

On June 17, Michael Hiland turned 80.

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And because of COVID, the state of Illinois is giving him and others with expiring driver’s licenses until November to renew them.

But Hiland says unless there’s a cure or a vaccine by then, he doesn’t feel safe sitting in the same space with the person who’s giving him his road test.

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“I am not going to take that test this year. I suppose I’ll end up with a ticket if somebody stops me. I don’t know.

“But I figure I would rather not have a license and be alive than have a license and end up dying.”

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office says employees wear face shields or masks or both, and drivers being tested must wear a mask.

Department spokesman Dave Druker says the office is “being as thorough as possible to keep everything disinfected.”