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Driver sues Secretary of State to regain his license
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) A Kent County man is suing the Secretary of State, saying they were in error when they took away his drivers license.
Carl Hainer has been driving for 70 years, and says he can still do so safely, but the State of Michigan says otherwise.
Three days after my birthday I got this letter from the license bureau, said Hainer.
That letter said the agency had received concerning information.
A physical condition that would prevent me from safely driving a motor vehicle, said Hainer.
The Secretary of State says Hainer is one of around 400 referrals it receives monthly about elderly drivers, most commonly from police, doctors or family.
Hainer says he has no idea who might have referred him to the Secretary of State. He went to two doctors, who said hes in perfect health, but that doesnt matter to the Secretary of State.
When did they tell you that you had to come in and take a driving test? asked Newschannel 3.
It was a couple weeks after I sent in the medical forms, said Hainer.
Hainer has now taken two road tests, his license has been clipped and he can only drive with an instructor in the car.
The state says; We are concerned about his ability to operate a vehicle safely and he has not demonstrated to us that he can.
Hainer says the driving instructors report is bogus.
She started out that it was a few minor faults, said Hainer, then she goes on to exaggerate that I was a risky driver.
As to why hes now suing the Secretary of State, Hainer said, cause I think I have had my rights taken away.