In modern day America we see the rise in accidents, and traffic fatalities all over the country. Although most of the accidents and traffic fatalities have been caused by speed, and alcohol abuse there are also a lot of accidents that are caused by elderly drivers. Almost half the states in the country have passed some form of elderly driving restrictions. When i am on the road I see how these elderly drivers act, constantly being unaware of there surroundings. Almost every elderly driver I have seen behind the wheel has had there face two inches from the steering wheel, proving they cant see very well. " Drivers over age 75 had a higher rate of fatal accidents nationwide in 2001 and 2002 than any age group except for teenagers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety."
I feel that every driver over 65 should have to undergo an evaluation of there eye sight, driving skills, and there reaction time. This may able us to cut down on elderly driving accidents. If they are not able to pass the tests they shouldn't be able to operate a vehicle and in danger not only there lives, but others as well. In my home town over the past three years there has been 4 accidents with elderly drives two which were fatal for both of the cars involved.