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, and they continue to drive. While reasons such as health concerns or age related impairment indicate the need for greater restrictions for elderly drivers; lawmakers must also demonstrate respect for those who are healthy and unimpaired. Health concerns play a major role in an elderly persons ability do drive. One after another, day after day you can guarantee that there will be an accident some where caused by something. Though the elderly are not the only ones at fault for this, they have a higher risk at being involved in a fatal car crash than teenagers (Loyola). Some of the largest threats of having elderly drivers on the roads are vision, hearing, physical disabilities, dizziness, confusion. When discussing physical disabilities it may include reaction time to events happening around them, traffic light signals changing from one color to another. Which is bad enough on its own, but as if that was not enough another even more dangerous worry is the loss of sensation in extremities (Loyola). When such loss of sensation occurs it is difficult for an elderly person to be sure of how much pressure is being applied to a gas or brake pedal.
Alzheimer's disease plays another large role by the driver not being able to recognize
reports claiming that these thoughts are no longer true and that elderly drivers are considered the most dangerous age group on the road. The Washington Post said that in the age group sixty- five and over have accounted for “sixteen percent of all traffic deaths and eight percent of the injured, but they accounted for thirteen percent of the population.” With statistics so high why is there no questions being asked about the ability the elderly have to drive. Research shows that the older one gets the….
There has been an increase of accidents caused by elderly drivers over the course of many years. With such a dramatic increase, should elderly drivers have driving restrictions? I believe that after the age of 75, seniors should have to retake their drivers test or have restrictions, regardless of their driving record.
There is support for some restrictions on elderly drivers based on evidence that older drivers are more involved in traffic accidents than any age group except….
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration aging affects elderly drivers in a number of ways: "Safe elderly drivers require the complex coordination of many different skills. The physical and mental changes that accompany aging can diminish the abilities of elderly drivers. These include: a slowdown in response time; a loss of clarity in vision and hearing; a loss of muscle strength and flexibility; drowsiness due to medications; and a reduction in the ability to focus or concentrate….
debating on and some are good and some are bad. So if I'm in a car or walking by I always see elderly people driving. Sometimes it's frustrating hearing from the news that a life has been lost in a accident due to an elderly person. I'm not saying for any elderly to stop from driving I just want to make the streets safer.
Some reasons why elderly should retake their license is because daily in the world elderly people can mistake the pedals, the gas for the break and also not looking both ways before….
“Few dispute that the growing elderly population will have a dramatic impact of social services, housing, and health care. The controversy centers on whether this impact-and the way that society responds to it-will be positive or negative.” As time passes, our youth and knowledge starts to unravel. As we get older, we lose certain senses such as, sight and hearing. These senses are specifically important and much needed when driving. The elderly are at much higher risk for being involved in a car….
Biggest issue within the United States today relates to driving skills between young and older age adults. Of course there are differences that create the reaction of the cause and effect within adults that are experienced with motor vehicles. Timing is also considered another factor on what type of vehicle is being utilized due to; braking capability, weather factors and experience of other drivers within the surrounding. Young age and old age driving comparison shows completely different aspects from….
How would one feel about retaking one’s driving test? Why should one take it again if one has already have a license? Driving is a privilege. Elderly are at risk if they do not retake their drivers test. Elderly should retake their drivers test because some drivers may have medical problems, need to know all the updated rules of the road, and they need to provide safety for everyone.
As people get older they develop more medical problems. These medical problems can consist of one being on a certain….
Elderly Driving: A Peril to Society
The older you are the wiser you will have become is a classic saying that adorns the elderly with experience and wisdom. One might recall endless stories beginning with “back in my day,” but what about the stories in present-day? Countless senior citizens have provided some interesting news stories for reporters in recent years; major accidents, which many have only seen in movies, have become real life due to elderly driving. In 2003, George Weller, an 89-year….
Top Ten Problems the Elderly Face With Transportation
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Jan 17, 2011 | By Walt Pickut
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You might be called elderly if you are older than 60, by some definitions, and your physical abilities might start limiting your freedom to go where you want to go when you want to go there. For instance, according to a 2011 report by statisticians at Caregivers Library, there….
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Homelessness Among Elderly Persons
Published by the National Coalition for the Homeless, September 2009. When thinking about homelessness, the elderly people issue doesn’t immediately come to our mind. Homeless elders, although increasing in numbers, continue to be a forgotten population. The poverty rate in 2008 (13.2 percent) was the….