This paper talks about the risk of elderly drivers. I talks into detail of the health problems that elderly have. The things that elderly people have done and could do to put you or your loved ones in danger. It gives lots of real life examples of dangerous situation’s elderly have put themselves in and others. A recent story “Fatal crashes involving senior drivers renew debate over licensing, testing requirements” published by Michael Turnbell, Diane C. Lade and Dana Williams (2012) talks about real life incidents that happened in Florida just this year. The paper gives a good inscightte on why you should and shouldn’t take away elderly peoples driving license.
ELDERLY PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65 SHOULD HAVE TO RETAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST “Elderly people over the age of 65 should have to retake their driving test.” “Witness Graham Kennedy said he had heard a “great bang” and then “the screams of a woman” and ran to assist”, (Sunshine Coast Daily, April 4, 2012). It happened at the local super market on an ordinary day. A mother and her three young boys were walking out of the market when car drove in. The car was driving slow and swerving all over the place. The mother and boys watched the car hit two parked cars and nearly miss the market. The mother gasped and ordered the boys out of harm’s way. The women attempted to follow the boy to safety out of the way of the dangers way. But her attempt to escape was a failure when you the mother letting out screams of pain. The car hit the women and flattened her foot. Immediately witness Graham Kennedy called 911 on the scene. Come to find out the driver was not drunk, high or having any medical issues. The driver of the car that hit two parked cars and almost ended one person’s life was a 65 year old man. It’s funny how we change over time and, every day tasks start to become a challenge to us. For the 65 year old man in the car that day, driving was the challenge for him. The true question here is how many people do lose their lives to elderly drivers. Isn’t there a time where we should step up, where we need to make people 65 and older retake there road test? People over the age of 65 should be required to retake the road test.
With this issue many people have different opinions. I’m going to tell you about the three opinions, that are not in support of making elderly people retake there their road test. The first one is that we are making their mobile ability harder. As you may know that it is already hard enough for the elderly to get around. We have supported them with canes, wheel chairs and scooters to move around. If we take away their licenses then we will be limiting their mobile ability. This ELDERLY PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF 65 SHOULD HAVE TO RETAKE THEIR DRIVING TEST argument seems a bit ridiculous to me. I believe that us taking their vehicles is not taking away their mobility, if anything it’s improving it. Most elderly can’t drive at night because they cannot see. They also cannot drive long distances because they bodies will cramp up or ache. If we take away their license then it just broadens there horizons. It’s not that they are unable to drive at these times, but they will simply need assistance. It will allow someone else to take them places at night, allow them to travel places further away for their homes, because someone else is with them to help guide them. It’s important for them to know that they are still independent.
The second argument with that is that the elderly will not be taken to the places that they want, when they want. This will result in a reduction of freedom on their behalves. If they do not have the ability to travel to places on their time, then they are stuck at home. Being stuck at home could have a negative effect on the elderly. This could lead to depression and loneliness.
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