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November 4 , 2005 - When are You Too Old to Drive
Many people feel that 16 years old is too young to drive. That at such a young age teenagers are too irresponsible and unprepared to behave responsibly. In many cases it is true and the results can be deadly. At the other end of the spectrum are older drivers who at some point lose their driving ability because of reaction time, poor vision, or even dementia.
When to Stop Driving
Telling someone who has driven their entire life that they no longer can drive is very difficult. But when the signs are there it's important to heed the warnings. A recent case in The St. Petersburg area illustrates that at some point you are too old to drive.
93 Year Old Driver
A 93 year old man who renewed his drivers license in 2003 struck a pedestrian and then drove with the man's body stuck in his windshield for three miles. As the driver went through a toll booth the toll taker called the police who stopped the driver. The victim was a 52 year old man.
According to The Pinellas Pasco County State Attorney Office the driver will not be charged with a crime. He is clearly suffering from dementia and had no idea he had struck a person. The real question is why the State of Florida just renews driver licenses without any testing.
Let's Test All Drivers
It might be an inconvenience but testing drivers every five or ten years might be a good idea. We're not just talking about older drivers. If you take a look around there are a lot of bad drivers. Florida should consider testing all drivers every ten years until they reach a certain age and then testing every five years. And as you reach 75 to 80 years old an annual driving test would probably be a good idea.
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