As our population grows, so do the number of drivers on the roads in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that there will be 60 million adults driving by the years 2030. Obviously, the government could find reason to put restrictions in place making it harder for elderly folks to continue to drive, but there would definitely be a backlash from the legal community.
“We believe that driving is about the ability and health of the driver, not their age,” said AARP spokeswoman Kristin S. Palmer. “We can’t stereotype older drivers.”
Reasons Against Imposing Restrictions on Older Drivers
The following are some good reasons for not imposing restrictions on older drivers:
- Firstly, older people are more apt to galvanize and vote against certain types of restrictions, if they become burdensome to their constituents.
- Groups such as AARP and AAA are huge advocates for seniors, and both groups argue that older drivers shouldn’t be discriminated against, based solely on age.
- Likewise, state legislatures have become less inclined to restrict driver’s licenses or impose additional requirements for seniors. For instance, requiring additional vision or driving tests just based on age groups.
- Studies have shown older drivers are safer than most age groups.
- Legislation aimed at restricting older people from driving is not a popular undertaking and most often gets voted down for fear of political backlash from organized groups of voters and lobbying groups.
Risks & Reality of an Aging Driving Force
As a nation, we are positioned to see more senior drivers than ever as 75 million baby boomers age. Back in the 1970s, a little more than half of Americans over the age of 65 drove. Today, that number is well over 84 percent. The reality is there is an aging population of motorists that experience degraded capabilities, such as:
- Vision is a big skill that most people see degraded over time.
- Hearing also degrades over time in some people.
- Reflexes are not as quick as they once were in older people.
Unfortunately, seniors are at a higher risk of a car accident than middle-aged drivers. This is due to declining vision, hearing and cognitive abilities as well as
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