Can't drive past 65
May 24, 2017 | 2653 views | 0 0 comments | 293 293 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

The accidental death of a Long Island mom on Mother's Day and the serious injury of her teenage daughter by an out-of-control car raises disturbing questions.

Why was an 80-year-old woman behind the wheel, and how many more unqualified drivers like her are there?

The National Transportation Safety Board says drivers in their 70s and older have high accident rates because their reflexes, coordination and motor skills decline.

If they want to drive, motor vehicle bureaus should test their road skills at least every two years and not automatically renew their licenses. Before you shout “age discrimination," be aware that I'm 77 years old and don't drive because I don't need to.

But if I did, I would be a danger to everyone on the road, including myself. My proposal isn't discriminatory or insensitive, it's common sense that could save lives.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Flushing
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