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Its happened to all of us Youre cruising down the street when all of the sudden a gigantic Buick piloted by a little gray haired head barely peaking over the steering wheel pulls out in front of you causing you to slam on your brakes honk your horn and say a few choice words This is a close call Im sure we all can relate to It is needless to explain how often this happens to us The truth is elderly drivers are out there presenting hazards to people on the road Something must be done in order to prevent these people from endangering the lives of others My point today is to inform you on some facts and statistics and how we can ethically put some restrictions on elderly drivers According to Christopher Chin an editorial writer for FreshAnglescom last November a 96 year-old man struck a little girl as she crossed the street at a crosswalk After the accident the driver told that he hadnt taken a driving test since he got his license in 1918 Today roughly 35 million 13 of the nations drivers are 65 or older Of this 35 million 6 million over 65 and 16 million over 80 still drive on a regular basis according to the Department of Motor Vehicles Within this group traffic fatalities are dramatically increasing As a matter of fact National highway officials expect accidents caused by people over 65 to compete with alcohol related accidents in the near future Alcohol related accidents are much more unavoidable and uncontrollable than accidents caused by the elderly Something can actually be done about this problem The same study found that drivers over 65 now account for one in six accident fatalities As the elderly population grows that number is expected to reach one in four These are the facts The numbers dont lie which causes us to become very stereotypical of elderly drivers We must avoid doing
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