Elderly and Road Exam

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Many older people are cashing more than ever because they will not give up their car keys when they need to say it is time to give up driving. We should defiantly propose that we take care of this issue by making them retake the exam. So many elderly are getting into wrecks and some are even driving on the wrong side of the road killing people. By proposing that we need to force the elderly to retake that driving exam every six months is to insure that they will be able to drive more safely on our public roads still today. A lot of people agree and dis-agree with the retaking idea of an exam, but it would be very beneficial to enforce this as a new law due to the high rising risks of older drivers. “Citizen Drivers over 65 may need retesting, limited licenses, and restricted hours of driving time because the number of car accidents involving seniors is rising” (Zarate, 2). We cannot keep people safe by allowing elderly people take over our roads creating a mass destruction on our poor young drivers. Making the elderly retake the driver’s exam is not currently legal in the state of Missouri due to equal rights, but it should become a law to help stop the elderly from crashing into other people or driving on the wrong side of the road. “Some will insist they are capable drivers despite all indications to the contrary. That's why we believe a driving test not just a medical exam at the age of 75 should be mandatory” ("Older Drivers”). More than half of our driver’s population is made up of the elderly and is continuing to rise every year. Stricter rules on the elderly in the state of Missouri would not only make the roads safer, but would also decrease our rise in crashes. People have tried to make stricter rules it just always gets ... ... middle of paper ... ...wonderfully. Missouri should reconsider the retest and it should become a state wide thing so everyone is safe. Since researching the elderly anyone could tell they are a ticking time bomb on our roads just waiting until they fully go insane before giving up those fancy car keys. So let us ask ourselves does anyone really want to risk their lives because of someone else’s driving? Bibliography "On the Road—Older Adult Drivers." Growing Old in America. Barbara Wexler. 2008 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Information plus Reference Series. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 4 April 2014. "Older Drivers Get a Bad Rap." Times Colonist [Victoria, British Columbia] 26 June 2012: n. page. Print. 4 April 2014. Zarate, Vincent R. "Legislators Carefully Call Attention to Risk Posed By Older Drivers." Insurance Advocate 117.22 (2006): 6. Master FILE Premier. Web. 4 April 2014

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