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Driving is a privilege as well as an independence that we all come to take for granted We are given our licenses to operate motor vehicles based on the assumption concluded from drivers tests that we are physically and mentally capable of driving safely under the requirements of the law That issuance of the license is not necessarily permanent or steadfast if the driver does not maintain the requirements Therefore when a said driver is unable to locate familiar places or they make slow or poor decisions or drive at inappropriate speeds do we as tax payers and fellow drivers agree that it is still okay to allow senior citizens who fall into these categories to still be out on our roads No senior citizens should be submitted to an increased amount of testing to determine whether or not they are still in a suitable physical and mental state to drive safely Its an issue that will impact us all one way or another someday and its a growing concern that must be addressed There comes a time when its necessary to tell people you love their driving may be hazardous to them and to others According to a report by the American Association for Retired Persons Policy Institute older drivers are three times as likely to crash per mile driven as younger drivers The report also states that among all drivers age 65 and older its the oldest drivers who pose more risk to themselves and public safety showing how ability to drive safely decreases with age Technically the National Highway Traffic Administration refers people over the age of 70 as seniors but with the magnitude of baby boomers who will soon fall into the 70 and over age group the problems need to be addressed at a much earlier age Every day it seems I come into contact with a senior driver who frustrates me I adore the elderly but its clear as
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