Why are States so reluctant to impose more restrictive controls on the driving rights of the elderly?
I have heard many, many accounts of cars driven by older people, which “suddenly lurch forward” (i.e., they hit the gas instead of the brake) and run into a crowd of people. And in many cases, at least the ones I’ve heard of, the person is not even reprimanded, while a younger, more able driver would at least be charged with vehicular homicide or involuntary manslaughter.
A cursory review of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s web documents indicates that they’re aware of the problem, but in my view they’re reluctant to recommend the revocation of driving privileges–they focus more on dementia and other extreme factors. See http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/olddrive/ .
Besides AARP pressure (pure conjecture on my part, but I imagine that the AARP does intervene in this matter), what societal or other pressures are there to continue to allow the unsafe operation of motor vehicles by the elderly?
“Where there is clarity, there is no choice. And where there is choice, there is misery. But then, why should I speak, since I know nothing?”