Friday, December 6, 2013

Do we really want more older drivers?

The freeway. Morning rush hour.

Imagine the 75-year-old coot coming your direction at 75 miles per hour in 4,000 pounds of steel and flammable liquid.

His vision has dimmed, his reflexes are shot and he can’t hear a damn thing. Not to mention the stiff neck that limits his ability to check out stuff moving on the left.

Get off the road. Get off the road. Him. You. Everybody.

Now comes word that the federal government is thinking about a silver rating to help old folks stay on the road longer.

What? Already there are 35 million drivers over 65 careening up and down the highway. Do we really want more old people driving longer? Full disclosure – I’m 75 as I write this.

How about spending the money on public transportation instead?

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