Reckless driving, not drivers’ ages, is the real issue

Dear editor,

The writer "Name Withheld — If I had a Magic Wand seems to have an attitude problem concerning age and driving ability.

Dear editor,

The writer “Name Withheld — If I had  a Magic Wand (Record, Dec. 16) seems to have an attitude problem concerning age and driving ability — as if one had anything to do with the other.

Surely it is reckless driving behaviour rather than drivers of a certain age that we must eliminate. Such a prejudicial attitude does nothing to improve people’s driving habits.

In my opinion, elimination of dangerous driving and drivers goes much further than those measures the writer calls for.

I disagree with Sharon Lacey that driving is simply a privilege. More importantly, it is a right, and as such, just like citizenship, it can be revoked.

I would  put forward the following measures:

1. New drivers must pass a battery of psychological and personality inventories  even before being issued temporary permits.

2. Begin monitoring drivers’ abilities and physical  health at age 50 years instead of at 80.

3. Establish a squad of drivers with excellent records to report dangerous driving incidents; calling in to police detachments, the plate number and make of vehicle(s) involved and thus establishing a driver profile to which law enforcement can refer.

If this seems like vigilantism, it is unfortunately what is needed in these years of exploding vehicle populations and ever-rising insurance rates.

B.L. Saunders,


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