Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Kissing my little Lolita
Okay a few points.
First, I put my post the way I did because there seemed to be very little looking at it from the viewpoint of the elderly, who would probably think of themselves as pretty safe drivers and think that younger people are the dangerous ones.
I am not actually opposed to compulsory eye tests every few years, for all drivers.
However, most posters on this board are so young that even their parents are relatively young people, i.e. in their 30s or 40s. By contrast, I am old enough that my mum and dad fall into the "elderly" category, and I must say they don't strike me as a menace on the road, because they are aware of their limitations. I think that is the case with most elderly drivers.
There's a tendency here to think of elderly people as "the other", to be resented or, at best, pitied. I think that's a shame.
By all means let's make sure that drivers are safe on the road. Actually, I have enough experience with the US to know how basic the practical driving tests are over there (compared with how strict, even pedantic, they are here in Australia). I'd have no objection to everyone having to take a basic, US-style driving test every few years to ensure they are essentially safe to allow behind the wheel. That would meet the problem without being discriminatory.
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