Elderly Driving Essay

2629 Words Apr 15th, 2007 11 Pages
Dangers of Elderly Citizens Driving Suddenly a sharp pain emerges in the ribs of a young student; but it is not only him that has been injured, but the majority of his class, a broken rib being the most minute injury. Teachers and other pedestrians concerned while a couple gets the license plate of the car that just plowed through a crowd of children. But on the other end; there is the driver of the car, who did not see that the light was ever red, who was on auto-pilot and still has not recognized what had happened. The driver is almost a mile away when the driver comes to the realization "I just ran through a crowd of people." Yet the memory is so vague that the driver believes that it is only a day dream; the thought is dismissed, …show more content…
That is also presuming that the 70 year old is in relatively good health and does not have any of the diseases or downfalls discussed above in the background portion of this piece (CNN).
All of these above incidents and accidents could be prevented if the right actions take place. But so far some attempts have been unsuccessful. Elderly citizens could help prevent these accidents in several ways. If they were to regularly have a physical that consisted of more than just simply checking vision and hearing we could reduce the amount of fatal crashes by taking drivers off the road that should no longer have the privilege of driving (Associated Content). Young people are always told by their parents when they start driving that "driving is a privilege not a right, and you must earn this privilege by proving that you are capable of handling a vehicle and complicated traffic situations" (Carpenter). This philosophy should not change as driver's age. It is indeed a fact that yes drivers are tested once at the beginning of their life of driving, but if there is significant proof that after a certain age, elderly are more vulnerable to disease and disability, that it is a strong possibility that we should invoke mandatory testing once drivers hit a certain age. This test should include more than the current test does; by that, the DMV should make it possible that elders have to re- take the behind the wheel portion of

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