Should the right to drive have an age limit?

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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 3:25 pm | Updated: 1:49 pm, Fri Feb 7, 2014.

BRADENTON, FLA. – In the wake of Sunday’s tragic accident involving a 79-year-old driver who killed three pedestrians and injured four others some are asking whether the state should place some type of limitations on senior drivers.

“We are all going to get there and it is hard to take the independence out of people,” said Diane Sutton. She said it will be hard to pass but believes seniors should be re-licensed.

87-year-old Gerry Kuiper says she still drives and drives very well. She tells ABC 7, she does not want to be told that she couldn’t drive anymore.

“I think it has to be gauged on each one individually and if the state says you have to go take a test, go take a test. Then if they feel like you are capable then give them a license.”

Kuiper says any driving restrictions should not be put into place because of an age; possible restrictions should only be put into place due to an individual’s ability.

“Older people have to feel their independence as long as they can and when their drivers license is taken away from them they loose a lot,” said Kuiper.

ABC 7 reporter Todd Dunn is working on this story and will have more during tonight’s 6p.m. newscast.

So what do you think? Should the right to drive have an age limit? Should senior adults be required to prove they still have ability to handle a vehicle?

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3 comments:

  • amjit posted at 2:47 pm on Tue, Feb 4, 2014.

    amjit Posts: 1

    All people after the age of 50 years old should have to do a new driving test every 5 years. At 65 years old every driver should have to pass a test annually. After the age of 75 years old a special test should be applied that includes mental capacity, ability to function using all four limbs at the same time, mobility and last but not least, thorough testing of road signs and pedestrian awareness. I'm 55

    I firmly believe that anyone of advanced age that causes or is related to an accident or harm to others should immediately be charged and jailed accordingly and the license should be removed permanently. The automobile should be impounded and sold at auction with the proceeds going to the affected families.

    We are all getting there and if we as a society dont do something about this ever increasing risk the roads an hiways will be littered with bodies.

     
  • KeepingUsSafe posted at 11:12 am on Tue, Feb 4, 2014.

    KeepingUsSafe Posts: 2

    I do not know any of the families involved in this tragedy, but first and foremost I would like to extend my sincere condolences to everyone involved.

    As a retired Ohio State Trooper, I have personally delivered dozens of death notifications to families of tragedies such as this. As a result of those experiences, in 2008 I founded Keeping Us Safe.

    Keeping Us Safe is a national organization that provides practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families. "Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for older drivers and their families" serves as the foundation of our family-centered "Beyond Driving with Dignity" program.

    For families that might benefit from third-party, impartial intervention in resolving this very delicate and sensitive issue, we offer you our Certified "Beyond Driving with Dignity" professionals. These individuals have been specially trained and certified in the "Enhanced Self-Assessment Program" for older drivers.

    Our “Beyond Driving with Dignity” Professionals are deployed throughout the United States (including the greater Sarasota/Bradenton area) and Canada.

    Keeping Us Safe and the “Beyond Driving with Dignity” program have been recognized by the NY Times, the Kiplinger Retirement Report, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Huffington Post, and the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center.

    The "Beyond Driving with Dignity" program is designed to help older drivers with diminishing driving skills make a smooth transition from the driver's seat to the passenger seat without deterioration to their dignity, personal pride or independence.

    Our programs are designed to save lives while simultaneously helping to ease the burden of the family as they find themselves faced with this very challenging issue. I have said many times before that as the founder of Keeping Us Safe, I would much rather have these difficult conversations now, rather than having a State Trooper knocking on your front door tomorrow.

    For more information, visit Keeping Us Safe at http://www.keepingussafe.org or call us toll free at 877-907-8841.

    Again, my sincere and heartfelt condolences to everyone involved in this tragedy.

    Matt Gurwell
    Founder, Keeping Us Safe
    info@keepingussafe.org

     
  • cindymac posted at 4:10 pm on Mon, Feb 3, 2014.

    cindymac Posts: 3

    i think it should be mandatory for driving evals and then based on the out come of that if you get your license or not. I know I will be there to someday and understand that there also needs to be other routes of transportation available to seniors at a discounted or free rate.

     

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