SHOULD DRIVING FOR SENIORS BE RESTRICTED?

Canada’s leading medical journal is asking the authorities  to put restrictions on those drivers over 65.  It’s true that more seniors are involved in fatal car accidents than any other group.  A graduating licensing program would put restrictions on night-time driving, high speed roads and blood alcohol  concentration.

Is this age discrimination?

Should driving for seniors be restricted?

What do you think?

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7 Comments »

  1. 1
    Cate McB Says:

    The full article on this in the current Can. Med. Assoc. Journal indicates that exemptions would still be made for healthy seniors. Also, that this program is seen as a kind of parallel to the extremely effective graduated licenses at the other end of the age spectrum with young people.

  2. 2
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    I know of friends of a certain age that have to do a medical test every two years.That way a family doctor that knows you determines if people are still able to drive.

  3. 3
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    Correction.
    I meant to say That way a family doctor that knows them determines if people are still able to drive.

  4. 4
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Statistics show that while seniors account for 10 per cent of all drivers, they are disproportionately in 14 per cent of fatal crashes.

  5. 5
    Lady Janus Says:

    The privilege of holding a valid drivers’ license should not be tied to age, but to ability. Unfortunately for some seniors, ability IS tied to age.

    It has already been proven that the older you get, the slower you get. Your reaction times get longer (and your reaction time is a key to standardizing the engineering of roads and speed limits, as well as traffic laws), your eyesight is less keen and less active (90% of your ability is in your vision), muscles weaken, and bones become brittle, both causing a loss of strength, which might be needed to avoid an obstacle. And, believe it or not, after a certain point, the more cautious a driver is behind the wheel, the more he is likely to become a danger on the road, creating crashes without being involved in them.

    Driving is not a right. It is a privilege based on ability.

  6. 6
    Lady Janus Says:

    Neil, I just had one helluva time trying to make comments on your blog, but it looks like I’m back…

  7. 7

    I would have guessed from the number of fatalities in the papers every Monday, it would been young, male drivers (under 27) causing the chaos.
    I’m a senior, in good health and have no intention of giving up my freedom.
    1st day the Zero tolerance for alcohol, law for drivers under 21, in Quebec, starts.
    Good idea!


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