David Rosenfield said, While age does not determine a persons ability to operate an automobile, evidence suggests that certain characteristics associated with aging impair driving performance (Changes Advocated.) Automobile accidents caused by an elderly person are a recurring problem. This can be hazardous to pedestrians and fellow drivers alike. That is why there needs to be laws and new qualifications for elderly people to keep their licenses.
People age 70 and older have more motor vehicle deaths per 100,000 people than other groups except people younger than twenty-five (Elderly Driving.) People younger than twenty-five have wrecks mainly due to carelessness. Old age is the main factor that causes elderly people to have accidents behind the wheel. As people age, their senses and reaction time dulls over time. Sight is probably the most common, yet serious, physical disability a person experiences once they get older.
Even with glasses or other sight enhancing solutions, there are other factors that bring about accidents with elderly drivers such as reaction time. A few seconds earlier or a few seconds later could mean saving a life or prevent an accident from occurring all together. Certain medications taken by elderly people have side effects that impair driving abilities. For example, benzodiazephines, commonly taken for anxiety and insomnia, may cause confusion, drowsiness, decreased motor coordinations and impaired memory (Changes Advocated.) Many elderly people do not know that their medications are causing these effects.
On several occasions my friends and I have experienced the wrath of an elderly driver unaware of their mistakes. There have...