Essay on Elderly Drivers

668 Words Mar 30th, 2015 3 Pages
Elderly Drivers on the Road

Elderly Drivers on the Road
One thing that’s just as dangerous as a young and jittery, under-aged driver without any previous driving experience or perhaps even an intoxicated driver raging aggressively through numerous traffic lights is the thought of a vision impaired, elderly man or woman cruising nonchalantly through the wrong lane of traffic or driving 50 mph on a major highway. Due to the continuous trend of our older generation engaging in traffic accidents that could have been prevented if the proper precautionary actions were taken, I feel that it is only right those citizens who are driving at or above 70 years of age to be required to pass an annual test for eyesight and physical ability before
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Although I carry a strong opinion, however I do not agree on removing the license of the elderly based on their age, but on their capability to pass the eyesight and physical ability test on a yearly base. It has been proven that these driven tests are legit. “According to a 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that requiring people to show up for license renewal helps reduce crash rates. Researchers say those who are unfit to drive decide not to seek a new license out of fear they will flunk if they show up” (The Wall Street Journal, 2009, p. 1). If one can complete that test successfully, congratulations you are a qualified driver; but if not, that’s just too much of a risk for me and thousands of other innocent lives.
Putting myself in the shoes of an elderly person, I can actually understand the frustration of being required to perform these tests yearly. Just as well, I am fully aware that these actions must be followed through accordingly if we intend on making our streets a safer driving environment for everyone, even if it’s at the expense of a few. The purpose of developing these new set of laws is not intended to look down on or offend any social group, young or old, but to acknowledge the

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