Introduce compulsory driving re-testing every 3 years once a driver turns 70 in Australia.
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No one wants to lose a loved one due to unsafe driving.
Nearly ever driver has encountered at least one elderly person driving unsafely.
Not all elderly people are dangerous on the roads and it is not only them that can cause these accidents and close calls, but due to slower reflexes and deteriorating eyesight and hearing, many elderly drivers are a risk on the roads to themselves and everybody else. This is not a petition to get elderly people off the road. This is a petition for everyone's safety.
Every driver around 70+ should be given a full driving test every 3-4 years minimum so that they can prove they are not unsafe and a risk on the road. There is no reason why this should not happen. Imagine all of the accidents and deaths that could've been prevented if this was already in place.
Here are just a few examples of elderly people being a hazard on the roads from my friends, family and myself:
Just yesterday, when I was driving, a man in a 4 wheel drive somehow didn't see us and made a turn, running us off the road. He was approaching the main road, stopped and then decided he would go just as we were passing. I was confused as to how he didn't see us, we had our full lights on and we were fully visible. If I hadn't turned quickly, it would've been a horrible crash. He continued to drive like nothing had happened and as he drove away, we saw he was an older man who could barely see over his steering wheel.
A few months ago, I was a passenger in a car and an older woman was driving up the wrong side of the road, headed straight for us. If the driver hadn't swerved, she would've smashed right into us.
A friend of mine's mother was hit off the road by an older woman who had run a red light.
Another friend of mine was t-boned by an older lady as she could barely see over the steering wheel and her reflexes were too slow. She went straight through the a red light.
A few weeks ago, as I was entering a round about, an older man was indicating to exit. He decided last minute that he wasn't going to exit just as I had entered and nearly smashed into me.
My final example is unfortunately a two person fatality. A friend of mine was driving on a straight road and an old man pulled out of nowhere. My friend had smashed into the older man's car. The elderly woman in the car with the him had also died. The driver was 92. He didn't see the car and my friend has been left with a heavy burden.
This is in no way discrimination against elderly people but I feel that it is necessary as there are so many accidents caused by them due to factors often beyond their control.
Ideally, every driver should be re-tested every 4 years to ensure they're up to date with the road rules and are able to drive safely, just like hairdressers and other professionals regularly attend master classes and refresher courses to keep updated with new information and techniques regarding the appropriate fields, but I understand that this would take a lot of time to take place and would cost a lot more money. If we can start with elderly people, we can work our way down to getting every driver tested and our roads will be so much safer than they are currently. This would also ensure that drivers who do not comply with regulations would receive the necessary support and assistance they really require. For example, if an elderly person was to lose their licence due to failing the driving test, they should be entitled to free or very cheap taxi / transport services to compensate.
Please see the results of this survey I made today regarding how many people have experienced unsafe elderly drivers:
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