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Old 03-11-2006, 02:03 AM   #1
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I live in a town with an over 30% senior population and getting out of town is the most dangerous 5 miles of any drive (no, it's not in Florida). I've gotten to the point that anyone in a Buick automatically doubles my avoidance radar. I know there are no easy answers to this, but until Americans in general stop looking at driving as a right this will never be addressed.
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Old 03-11-2006, 03:15 AM   #2
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I have noticed a change from unaware to disoriented in the elderly drivers. I am not sure if it is increased traffic or MTV but the look on the face of the pushing 80 set has changed to total confusion.
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Old 03-11-2006, 03:27 AM   #3
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Yuh,just recently I noticed that,at 61, I`m not as good as I once was.I seem to be deficient in to areas.First,my memory is going, A N D,

I can`t remember the second.
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Old 03-11-2006, 03:55 AM   #4
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Eeeeh? What was that Sonny?
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Old 03-11-2006, 03:59 AM   #5
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The article touched on a few things that might be changed to help the situations.



1. Make the cities more liveable and end the perception of "combat zones" that many people fear.



2. Provide more widespread and affordable public transportation for those that live in the 'burbs or rural areas.



Also, not all elderly people are poor drivers/riders. I know many people who are sharp and active in their late 70's.



Retesting should not be an issue, though.
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:04 AM   #6
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Last week I watched a blue haired old lady pull out of a side road onto a divided highway. Instead of crossing the break in the median before turing left into the southbound lanes she turned left into oncoming northbound lanes. (my lane) Fortunately I was the only one coming and I tried to communicate by honking/waving/gesturing but she just looked at me like I was crazy and kept going. At least she was (from her perspective) on the right side of my lanes. I pulled over and looked back and she finally realized as a group of oncoming traffic forced her into the grassy median. She successfully pulled off a 42 point turn around in the grass. Still.... holy crap.
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:15 AM   #7
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The old folks versus the arrogant sportbikers that think they know how to ride. Looks like I need an M1 Abrams to commute in for self protection. My Kawasaki Mach III doesn't stand a chance, except the smoke clouds give me some cover.
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:17 AM   #8
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We're going to have to outlaw farmer's markets.



If it saves just one life...........
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:29 AM   #9
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There is no debate about the dangers of youth or ****tails on the road.

The point is; Old drivers my not be "THE" problem but they are "A" problem. And it is a problem that is going to get worse.



We don't need to start the reaction time/eye sight debate. It exist and it creates a dangerous situation on the road.
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:49 AM   #10
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The highest accident categories here in Canada are 65. Both are much higher than other demographics. Technically, seniors are less of a risk that teenagers per capita, but only slightly. There are considerably less of them on the road *at the moment* than teenagers, but that will change as the boomers age out of the driving population.
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