Re-test drivers at 75

Watch the cowards on Beacon Hill cave in to the AARP
85 is too late to test drivers

By Walter Brooks

Another older driver killed someone last week, and it was the fifth such accident in the last three weeks here in Massachusetts, yet our representatives on beacon Hill are still jabbering about passing a law to force drivers OVER 85 to be re-tested.

According to WBUR last week:
"...Legislators are considering several bills that would make it harder for the elderly to keep their licenses. One would require testing every five years for drivers older than 85. Another would protect doctors who notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles if they think a patient is too old to drive..."

According to the Globe last week:
"...The proposals to change driver licensing procedures come after a string of five accidents involving elderly drivers in the past four weeks. In addition to the Stoughton crash, a 93-year-old man drove his car into the entrance of a Wal-Mart in Danvers on June 2; a 73-year-old woman jumped the curb and ran into a crowd of people in Plymouth on June 3; an 86-year-old woman struck and injured a pedestrian in Melrose on Sunday; and an elderly driver pinned a young boy between two cars in a parking garage in North Attleborough on Monday..."

Once again, these small men and women will chose self over service and will in all probability annoy as few voters as possible (and there are certainly fewer over 85 than under), and be responsible for more highway deaths by drivers who should no longer be allowed to drive a car.

A Massachusetts driving license is a privilege, not a right.

Safe driving laws is a right Massachusetts citizens deserve and should demand.

Urge your representative today to endorse legislation to mandate the re-testing of drivers after the age of 75.

BTW, such a law would require this writer to be retested, and anyone who objected is probably aware that they can't pass a simple driving test.

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