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Michael Bagen

SPE 101

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12/14/10

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I. Attention getter: Going to Wedding, old man hits car

i. Credibility: Real life situations with older drivers, Dad is an EMT and talks to me about calls all the time

ii. Topics: The facts of old drivers, real-life stories, solutions

iii. Thesis: I want a federal law to be passed that forces any driver the age of 65 and older to be retested every 3 years to not only save their lives, but others around them.

II. Statistics:

i. In next 20 years, the number of elderly drivers triple in amount according to Smart Motorist

a. Older drivers more conservative when driving rarely changing there habits because of factors such as busy highways or nighttime where as other drivers may go another route

b. More accidents than kids, mostly at intersections

c. At the age of 65 there is a much greater risk for a driver to be engaged in a vehicle accident

1. At the age of 75 that risk increases from just a crash to an accident involving a fatality because of there higher risk of bad eyes or slower reaction time

ii. Troubles with Age

a. Bad at making turns

b. Slower response rates and reaction times to a drastic change

c. Studies show that most accidents involving the elderly are caused at intersections there also multi-vehicle accidents

iii. In Japan (2006)

a. 20.8 percent over age 65

b. 13.1 percent licensed drivers

iv. Between 75-84 years old

a. Rate of 3 deaths per 100 million miles

1. Over age of 85, chances increase nearly four times

v. By 2030

a. Predictions for over age 65

1. Responsible for over 25% of fatal crashes

vi. Database, Accidents Analysis & Prevention – July 2010

a. tested 10 teenagers and 10 senior citizens

b. used pedestrians to test stopping skills

1. 1.8% slower in front stopping

2. 2.8% slower on right side

3. 2.1% slower for left side

vii. One of the problems no one wants to fight this is because Seniors are one of the biggest group of voters every election

a. Take away there licenses they can’t drive to the polls

b. Take away there licenses even if they could drive they probably won’t vote for you

III. Real Stories:

i. Elizabeth Grimes

a. 90 years old

b. Drove through a red light at an intersection and hit one car and then smashed into 17 year old Katie Bolka

1. A classmates mom heard the crash from a couple cars back and ran out to see if anyone needed help, she recognized the school uniform from her kids and she called to school to let them know

2. On this day Katie left early because she wanted to get to school early for some last minute cramming since she had exams that day an had spent the previous weekend studying.

a. If she left at her normal time instead of leaving early her 14-year-old sister would have been in the car with her then they both might not be here today.

b. 5.5 days later, she died, she never regained consciousness

c. Of the other four people in the accident including Elizabeth they all survived with minor injuries.

ii. George Russell Weller (2003, Santa Monica CA)

a. Age 86, Weller suffered from arthritis, nausea as a side effect of medication, and reduced mobility from a hip replacement.

b. George hit the back end of a Mercedes and after doing this he began to accelerate around a corner...
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