Recently I was driving within the city limits with my 8 year old daughter. As I typically do, I travel about 35 miles per hour when the posted speed is 30 mph. Surprisingly I quickly approached the car in front of me. As I was forced to slow down I looked down at my speedometer and was only traveling 20 mph. I then checked in my rear view mirror and noticed 2 other cars quickly catching up to me as well. As I tried to look ahead and see who was driving this slow car, I was able to see this person was up there in age (my guess in their 80s), she was too short too look over the steering wheel and was leaning to the right side of the car in order to see. While trying to do all this, not only was the car traveling at a top speed of 20 mph, yes I did keep track, the car was swerving from side to side in the driving lane. A couple times the tires did travel onto the shoulder of the road. My last concern was there was non stop at the stop sign. As the car approached the stop sign, the person did signal, but probably rolled through the stop sign at about 10 mph without any yielding before continuing.
I would be willing to guess most of you have a similar story. I have even heard stories of people seeing the elderly drive the wrong way through the drive through. Now I am not about to sit here and say the younger population doesn’t commit these same mistakes but in all seriousness how old is too old for people to continue driving?
Younger drivers and their distracted driving is a subject for another time, but older drivers I do believe need to be held accountable for their inattentive driving as well. It certainly would be a hard decision to figure out what new regulations would be beneficial and fair for the older generation, but something needs to happen. I almost felt compelled to call the police on this old person for the safety of others. I could argue the actions demonstrated by this driver are almost as dangerous as a drunk driver. If one can’t even see over the steering wheel, DON’T DRIVE! A simple eye exam when it is time to renew your license just isn’t enough.
As a society we need to be just as concerned with the older generation and their distracted driving as we are with the younger generation.