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Thoughts on elderly drivers?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by derekabraham, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM
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    derekabraham

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    After seeing this:

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Wo...lix/-/1637132/10957438/-/9hvxa7z/-/index.html


    Stuff like that makes me sick. I was curious to see what the fellow TW populace thinks about elderly drivers, and if there should be an age where they need to give up their licenses, or at least get tested or anything like that.


    I personally was T-boned in my old car when I was 16 by an 88 year old driver who hit the gas pedal instead of the brake at a stop sign. Not to mention the fact that their insurance and the police tried to pin the blame on me because of my age. :rolleyes:


    I think, at the very least, they need to be tested (like a basic driving test and a written test) every year starting at age 65.


    Thoughts?
     
  2. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:51 AM
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  3. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:52 AM
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    i think the testing for a license should be harder at all ages, and you should be retested every time you renew.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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    I believe that after a certain age say 60 you should be retested every other year to see if you are fit to drive. I have seen several accidents caused by elderly drivers, and that is just my personal experience. I can only imagine how many accidents are caused by elderly drivers throughout the whole country.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:53 AM
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    Ah, that's a nice thought. I like that one. :D
     
  6. Apr 19, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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    I honestly think they should be tesed on a regular basis.
    1. for functional motor skills
    2. Basic understanding of road signs and lanes


    My reason is simple in town we have 3 lanes the center is a turning lane, outside 2 head in opposite directions. Lanes only divided by yellow lines. Poor thing got in the turning lane and drove roughly 2 miles, she was speeding and crossed 2 green lights in the same fashion, luckily no one was on the road in the middle of the day for some odd reason.
    On the other hand my Great Grandmother was roughly 98yrs old when she died and still drove everyday, never had one incident and was very aware.
     
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    I was stuck behind one the other day, the old fuck was going 40 in a 55. I was going ape shit....
     
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    x2. The standard road test is a joke.

    That being said, I'm torn on this one, I feel when you can no longer competently operate a vehicle, you shouldn't be allowed to. On the other hand, there are a lot of elderly people who take care of themselves either because they don't have family around, can't afford to have someone help them or are still working because they need the income. Forcing them to give up their license would make the roads safer for the rest of us but could be extremely detrimental to some.
     
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    I hope they had life alert.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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    Elderly drivers are almost as bad as young drivers
     
  12. Apr 19, 2012 at 8:17 AM
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    Teens cuase just as many accidents as elderly. I have familly members who are over 75, and are better drivers than most. I have friends my age that scare the bejeebus out of me when I ride with them.......
     
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    An actual driving test would be beneficial over a certain age, not just an eye check.
     
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    Don't even bother wasting your time and energy:
    The elderly have the most money and most political clout of any group, and have ALL the time in the world to call their representatives, write letters, join groups etc.

    Don't single them out. Change the whole licensing system.
    1: 40 hour classroom course prior to Permitting.
    2: 100 hours instructed time on road with permit.
    3: 1st DUI offense- 1 year no license -No exceptions. Drug and alcohol classes mandatory after this.
    4: DUI second offense- No license ten yers, no exceptions.
    5: 3rd DUI- 1000 hours community service, weekend jail and no license forever.
    6: Special license offered (RED license plate) 100 hours track time and special driver training. Cost is $1000 PER YEAR for special license. Your car must meet specific performance specifications, and only YOU are allowed to drive it. Benefit, you are allowed to travel at any safe speed for conditions and traffic, up to 100mph. Any DUI pulls your license FOREVER.
    7: You're in the left lane and NOT passing- $500 ticket. No exceptions
    8: You're driving on a suspended license, no insurance, expired tags. $500 ticket


    I can go on and on and on.. I have thought about this a LOT. Roads would be safer, trafic would flow better, less people would be driving due to it being harder to get a license and the time and money involved. Mass transit would become much more widely spread AND used due to people NEEDING to get to work and not having a car. Insurance rates could go down, fuel usage would go down all due to more people on mass transit.
    OK, I gotta get back to work..
     
  15. Apr 19, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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    I like a lot of this actually. just not the 100 hours road instruction, if that means with certified instructors....that is a lot of time. I had to have 50 with parents/guardians to get mine with 10 at night. Then change the DUI to 1 year for first, 2 years for 2nd, etc.....make a way to appeal it for those that have to get to work/school (ie: license to drive from home to work/school ONLY for the 1st 2 offenses). And change the not passing in the left lane, I travel in the left lane all the time keeping time with traffic on the right because I don't want to be between all the semis, who change speeds going up hill or down hill, I do this because it is safer, because the semis can actually see me.

    And the red liscense is just a bad Idea, sorry dude. Sounds like you just want to go fast.



    I like the idea of a driving test every year after a certain age. My grandfather drives, but he is dangerous because he isn't as quick as he used to be. We won't take his vehicle from him either because of what it would do to him emotionally. So we keep a close eye on him, pray, and deal with it.
     
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    I think teens actually cause MORE wrecks, and have more behind the wheel fatalities than any other age group

    I also think there are plenty of other age groups with TERRIBLE drivers that singling elderly people out is useless

    I'd be ok with a retest every 5-10 years as long as my yearly recert EVO counts :p


    Maybe even add in a re test if you purchase another vehicle and it's of a "different" class than your previous (ie compact/midsize/small truck/large truck)
     
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    I agree, teens are horrible drivers.... I don't know how many times I've seen A 16 year old girl driving and texting at the same time...
     
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    My thoughts on your ideas
    1. Meh...it's extremely difficult to engage a teenager for 8 hours of classroom instruction...40 hours would be a nightmare
    2. With certified instructor...i'd be ok with because thats $ in my pocket...but really that should be the parents
    3. Wont fix anything
    4. Wont fix anything
    5. Wont fix anything
    6. Wont fix anything
    7. Different fine, but already the law in some states...doesnt fix anything
    8. Wont fix anything
     
  20. Apr 19, 2012 at 8:56 AM
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    I think singling out elderly is more of reflexes thing among other. I know for a fact that my grandfather's reflexes aren't what they used to be.

    I am a teen and I will agree with you on wrecks, I actually caused one...I don't follow as close anymore. the 3 people that I hung out with in high-school have all gotten in wrecks in high school. all 4 of us had accidents with white cars too (don't know how we managed that). of them, only one wasn't their fault, and since it was in a parking lot, no cops called. the one that wouldn't have been at fault was backing out of a parking spot and hit one of out teachers (at school lol). She was driving like she usually does abotu 25-30 mph in a SCHOOL PARKING LOT. ya, no insurance called in on that one. I personally would have called insurance because I don't have money to pay for my own repairs.
     
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