Do you think old people should drive?

@scottw (417)
United States
November 13, 2006 12:14pm CST
Take them off the road!!!
13 responses
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
13 Nov 06
If you really feel that way, then I hope you never live to grow old. Elderly people want to remain independent as long as they can. To this end, many of them are reluctant to give up driving, because then they would have to be dependent on other people or on public transit. Some of them drive more slowly because they don't trust themselves the way they used to and they're being extra careful so that they don't cause an accident. How can you want to take away their independence and dignity just because you don't like to have them on the roads? I'm proud that my mother is still driving and taking care of her own needs! Please remember that you weren't even thought of yet when these people were working and paying for the road system you think you should own now.
@scottw (417)
• United States
13 Nov 06
It's not about prejudice against old people, it's about everyone else being as safe as possible! Older people should realize at some point that they are more and more of a danger to society as they get older. People suck at driving as it is- no one uses their signal, people run red lights, people go cross country on the freeway, people hardly stop for pedestrians. Then you add in the variable of not being able to see clearly or respond quickly and it's a recipe for disaster. I think EVERYONE should be tested every 6 years. I swear, I think there are people who started driving before I was born and now they're teaching their children to drive with no regard to the rules.
• United States
13 Nov 06
Nothing wrong with it as long as she is still capable of driving. Where I live there are many elderly people as I'm in the retirement capital... but sometimes you have to know when to say when. I hear daily on the news about elderly people causing accidents, going off the road, etc. I too am glad my grandma is spirited and independant... but when her vision goes, she shouldn't be on the road. Just like if I suddenly go blind... do you want me on the road?
• United States
13 Nov 06
I think they should be required to take driving tests when they get to a certain age. Also they should have doctor approval. Too many people here in Florida cause accidents because they can't see as well, their motor coordination is off, or they are delusional. We had a 92 year old man run down a homeless man. It was an accident... but the old man just kept on driving. Part of the homeless man was through the car windshield and he drove miles like this. He thought the man fell from the sky. The last time I was at the DMV an elderly couple with those thick goggle like glasses were renewing their license. THe husband asked the wife, what their address is again. If you can't even remember your own address you shouldn't be driving! And what is the point of having a car that big? If you can barely see as it is, why not drive something smaller?
@scottw (417)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Yikes! Yeah.. I agree with being tested, both by the doctor and the DMV.
• Romania
13 Nov 06
i think they should drive!
@scottw (417)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Haven't you seen the episode of south park where they take the licenses away from the old people and they terrorize the town? What about the old man who plowed through farmer's market killing a bunch of pedestrians and then just walking away, confused and muttering?
• United States
11 Oct 07
I honestly think they should have to take frequent driving tests. I can't drive because I have a seizure disorder. The DMV is smart enough to know that I might cause a problem. As people age, their cognitive abilities and reaction time worsens. They should have to prove that they can still drive safely.
@kat0421 (24)
• Mexico
13 Nov 06
NO, definitely no
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
13 Nov 06
i think that drivers should be tested every 5-10 years in order to maintain their license. after a certain age, "old" people start to lose their judgment and reaction time, so its imperative that they are tested because driving is all about judgment and reaction time.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Only if they're capable to do so safely. Only way to tell is to require a dr. exam every year. Ture story, I lived in SW Florida-lots of elderly people driving. At the airport, this woman's husband disappeared. They were waiting for their daughter to fly in, he went to the car to get her sweater, and was gone for 45 minutes before she called the police. Tunred out, he was in the "beginning" stages of Alzheimers. She was smack in the middle of chemotherapy treatment. Evidently, he went to the car, forgot why he was there, got in, and exited the parking lot, drove around the airport property for awhile, then reparked at another terminal parking lot and was found just wandering around. To get to the airport from their house, was a 45 minute drive down the main highway. Doesn't matter who drove, they both shouldn't have been driving. Fired off an email to good old Governor Jeb Bush, got the typically BS bureaucratic govt response. Can't be doing anything to offend the elderly, the vote!!!
@leedug (920)
• United States
13 Nov 06
I think it really depends on the person. I've seen some older people drive that do MUCH better than younger people. Then again, I've seen older people drive that are a hazard to themselves and to others as well. The problem is there is nothing that the Department of Motor Vehicles can do if they pass their test just likev everyone else.
@2598567 (524)
• India
13 Nov 06
not after 70 or 75.
@Madfrog (166)
• Romania
13 Nov 06
no
@kcbabez14 (967)
• United States
13 Nov 06
no because elder people do not obey the law! they go under the speed limit.. always think that they have the right away, and never go after they stopped for 5 mins.
@macubx (11422)
• Philippines
13 Nov 06
sure if their eyes are good..
@flte74 (877)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Only if they can pass a driving test every 6 months, otherwise PULL THEIR LICENSE!