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What should be done to keep elderly drivers and others safe on the road As society as a whole gets to be older and more older people are on the road the safety for the older driver and the other motorists is becoming a problem we are all going to face The baby boomer generation is getting older There are many alternatives to the problem but which one is the best We need to take safety for our roads and the rights of the older driver into consideration Older drivers are equal to teens in the high number of accidents they cause With young drivers it is inexperience that causes accidents With older drivers it is the rate of their reaction time We do not want to discriminate against the older driver There are good and bad drivers of every age Do we make safe driving an age issue or should we test and train all unsafe drivers There are three possible ways to implement a change First have the elderly over the age of 65 renew their licenses every two years The driver can have their eyes examined each time of renewal It will also keep track of their accident rate or tickets they have received in the preceding interval The second way of implementing this is to have road tests at each renewal This alternative seems a little extreme and expensive for the motor vehicle department With the number of citizens becoming older it would be impossible to offer enough driving tests The offenses that elderly drivers are being charged with are minor and are usually a question of reflexes and eyesight not dangerous driving habits Therefore a mandatory-driving test is unusually harsh only to curb the elderly driver The third alternative is a combination of the first two As drivers get above the age of 65 the license could be renewed every two years eyes examined and
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