Steering a Safer Course (03-24-11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Steering a Safer Course (03-24-11)

I know this won't sit well with a lot of people, but I have to say it:

Driving demands dexterity, quick reflexes, good vision and attentiveness -- skills that tend to deteriorate with age. And the truth is, while many of our senior citizens are still excellent drivers, a significant number of them no longer are.

So wouldn't it be reasonable to require every driver – after a certain age – to pass a road test every few years in order to keep his or her license?

Now I know that there are bad drivers of all ages. In a perfect world, we'd re-test everybody every few years.

But doing that would be logistically impossible. So some age level needs to be determined when such a policy would kick in, and it doesn't seem unreasonable to think re-testing should become mandatory after a driver turns, say, 65 or 70.

When any of us get behind the wheel, we're in control of a deadly weapon capable of wreaking tremendous havoc. Most people in their advanced years are no longer the athletes they once were. So why should we automatically assume they're still the drivers they once were?

And to those who cry "discrimination," I can only remind you that we'd ALL be subject to such re-testing ultimately…assuming we live long enough.

And shouldn't that be the whole point?

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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