Eric Schneidewind, president of the Michigan AARP says they support the legislation for two reasons.
First, they want seniors to be safer drivers. That segment of the population is expected to double by the year 2020, so there will be more aged drivers. Having them take driver safety courses would be in everyone's best interest.
Secondly, retaining the ability to drive would help seniors keep their independence... and keep them at home. Which is a financial saving to the general public as well.
The bill as passed the state house unanimously and could be voted on by the senate this week.
Should the bill become law, the individual insurance companies would have the option to offer the discount or not. The AARP hopes competition for the business of a growing customer base like seniors would prompt the companies to offer that discount.