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Old 01-31-2014, 12:22 AM   #36
dwoodward
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Originally Posted by tkent02 View Post
I have yet to see an octogenarian blindly running red lights while texting.
No- just cluelessly running red lights.

As we age, at some point our capacity to handle input begins to decrease. Knowing that it will, waiting for an event to show up on our driving record as a warning seems foolhardy. Since we all move along our own timelines, SO DOES just waiting until a certain age. I would be perfectly fine with driver testing at given intervals throughout our lives, and shortening the intervals over a certain age, possibly with training to refresh skills. Say, for example, ages 16, 20, 25, 30, 50, 60, 65, 70. Make them honest tests of skill. We ask motorcyclists to be able to perform collision avoidance maneuvers, when all you need to do for a driver's license is not hit something.

Part of the problem with older people still [trying to] drive is cultural- they always have and hate to feel dependent, but as importantly, there's no other way. "Success" has put them in the 'burbs or had the support system (kids) move away, and groceries don't deliver themselves.
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