Some suggestions to increase safety, reduce congestion on roads

Dear editor,

I applaud Sharon Lacey's letter to the Record (Dec. 14), titled Driving a privilege, not a right.

Dear editor,

I applaud Sharon Lacey’s letter to the Record (Dec. 14), titled Driving a privilege, not a right.

However, if I had a magic wand, I would go several steps further.

No one allowed a licence to drive on our roads until that person has attained their 20th birthday.

This would eliminate aggressive teenage driving, thereby reducing serious injury and death to our younger citizens and those less fortunate to get in their way. In return, free public transit for all those aged 19 or younger.

Driver’s licence valid for a maximum 50 years, to expire on a persons 70th birthday. (Sorry, seniors, you had 50 years, now step aside and let someone else have a go).

This would eliminate the high-risk category seniors over 70 of being involved in an accident. In return, free public transit for all those aged 70 or better.

Further benefits would include less congestion on our roads, less carbon emissions, less demand on our natural resources (oil), fewer accidents, slower ICBC insurance hikes, less drain on our overburdened medical system and increased public transit ridership.

Of course, this idea would never be adopted by our government. It might just work!

Name withheld by request