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Another Viewpoint - Elderly Drivers



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A recent KSL editorial asked rhetorically, "when is someone too old to drive?" Before jumping on the bandwagon of imposing restrictions on elderly drivers, we suggested creative ways can be found to improve traffic safety among this growing segment of motorists.

The editorial generated a number of responses.

Karen and Ron Phillips recalled their family's personal grief resulting from a tragic accident involving their daughter and an 87-year- old motorist. They feel strongly that "anyone who is 85 or older should at the very least have to appear (annually) to renew a drivers' license."

David Thomsen, age 70, supports more frequent testing of older drivers - if - similar testing "also applies to drivers under 30" who he says, "surely cause many more accidents than the older drivers" because of their reckless driving.

Cameron Hansen, an assistant state coordinator with AARP's Driver Safety Program encourages greater participation by older drivers in his organization's two-day, 8-hour safety course. "One of the topics covered is the older driver and what we can do to recognize when it is time to stop driving."

KSL appreciates the comments and suggestions offered by these and other viewers and listeners. A more complete text of what they wrote can by found by following the "editorial" links to the right side of this story.

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