Have you ever wondered if the older gentleman squinting through the windshield as he is passing you twenty miles over the speed limit is still capable of driving at those speeds as carefully as someone who has been driving for only twenty years?
Some people have begun to believe that maybe senior citizens are having a harder time driving than we all think. They are saying that their vision has begun to deteriorate, and their reflexes have slowed down to a point where it might be unsafe for them to be behind the wheel. Many accidents today are caused by senior citizens being allowed to drive because they passed a normal comprehensive driving test sixty years ago. While some are extremely capable of performing tasks as easily as they had in their twenties, other older folks have begun to have issues with driving, creating an unsafe environment for everyone else on the road.
Although it may seem to be in violation of someone’s rights, a new system of testing needs to be in place for senior citizens who have reached a certain age where their reflexes may have begun to slow down. At a certain age many of us are incapable of reacting fast enough to protect ourselves and other from harm. This situation can easily be alleviated on the road by mandating that all senior citizens at a pre-discussed age take a serious of eye examinations, driving test, and reflex ability tests. If they are unable to pass these tests than a petition to revoke their licenses should be put into place and the motorist in question should have the opportunity to take the test at least one more time given to any underlying circumstances that may be in place preventing them from passing the test properly.
This may seem insensitive to our older and wiser motorists, but this is the only way we can insure safety for our elderly and everyone else out on the road today. The system of testing can be non invasive and in a no pressure environment to ease the transition into becoming a staple in our motor vehicle department for elderly citizens. This is not a question of their abilities as a functioning member of society but a reassurance both to them and the rest of the general public.
Although this is a far off resolution, it has been discussed many times over and needs to be put into action as soon as possible for the safety of our streets and of the citizens of this country that depend on our vehicles as a means of providing for our families. We can stop a large percentage of accidents by putting laws in motion to simply reaffirm our senior citizens abilities to operate safely behind the wheel.