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    Monica P.
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    Should people lose their driving privileges after a certain age because old age affects their driving in a negative manner (i.e. driving 15 mph on the interstate, going the wrong way down a one-way street)?

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    Name : Monica P., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Baptist, Age : 19, City : Birmingham, State : AL Country : United States, Occupation : student, Education level : 2 Years of College, 
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    Denise25829
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    As a claims adjuster, I’ve dealt with many accidents. In my experience, older/senior drivers are very careful and considerate. The instances you’ve mentioned are not common occurrences and appear to be health-related and not age-related. Taking away driving privileges based on age is discriminatory, and taking away seniors’ independence in a sense.

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    Name : Denise25829, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : Black/African American, Religion : Christian, Age : 25, City : Dallas, State : TX Country : United States, Occupation : Insurance claims adjuster, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
    #29049

    Kristan26233
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    I feel very strongly that something should be done to monitor the quality of all drivers on the road for different reasons. We will now have the minimum age for driving pushed back to 18 in NJ soon. If young drivers are discriminated against for their age – why shouldn’t the elderly? We all agree that young drivers can be more likely to be less responsible -but no one wants to consider that the elderly can be as well(and maybe not of their conscious choice.)I am not saying that we should not have patience and understanding and love for the elderly —we just need to realize that everyone needs some independence but not at the expense of jeapordizing the safety of the general public. I think that as annoying as it sounds, we should be forced to take reflex tests when we renew our licenses every few years for our own safety.

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    Name : Kristan26233, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Christian, Age : 25, City : Wharton, State : NJ Country : United States, Education level : 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
    #17513

    Paula J.
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    We had two accidents the same day in our town of 100,000 caused by people talking on a cell phone. They were not seniors. I am 76 and drive as well as I ever did. Of course I have never heard anyone say that they were a bad driver. Mandatory testing should be done more often. Drunken drivers should be off the road. What is this about drunken driving, repetition? A little of the golden rule in driving could go a long way.

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    Name : Paula J., Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Methodist, Age : 76, City : Wichita Falls, State : TX Country : United States, Occupation : Retired, Education level : 2 Years of College, 
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    Rick29768
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    Any person negatively affected by a serious medical or physical affliction should not be behind the wheel of a car. There is far too great a responsibility to the rest of society, other drivers and pedestrians, to allow unnecessary or reckless situations to occur if they can be prevented. Driving is dangerous enough without physical distractions. It is a privilege licensed by the state, not an enduring civil right.

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    Name : Rick29768, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Atheist, Age : 48, City : springfield, State : PA Country : United States, Occupation : Research technician, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Upper middle class, 
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    chris32175
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    To me it does not matter how old a person is, if they can not see over the steering wheel,or at all they need not be on the road taking chances with other peoples lives.There is a law about driving impared from alcohol,etc. why should it be any different if you are 99 and can not see or hear anything and driving 15 in a 40 holding everyone elce up behind you ? I think every one should be tested on our driving skills especially as we get older.

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    Name : chris32175, Gender : F, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Age : 32, City : trenton, State : MI Country : United States, Social class : Middle class, 
    #39939

    Personally I think that elderly people need to retake their drivers liscense test every two years or so. Driving is a privilege, and if a person cannot properly operate a motorvehicle or obey traffic laws then they do not deserve the special advantage of driving. In my opinion, if a twelve-year-old can’t drive due to his/her age then a seventy-five-year-old shouldn’t be any different. Most twelve-year-olds have better motor skills and a better understanding of new technology than the elderly anyway.

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    Name : Christopher, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Lutheran, Age : 20, City : Columbia, State : SC Country : United States, Occupation : Sales Manager, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Lower middle class, 
    #29007

    Joe
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    So yes, every once in a while you hear of an older person doing something outrageous, like your examples going the wrong way, or 15 mph on the interstate, I even ran across one that stopped on the interstate and put his car in reverse to avoid missing an exit. Even when I was younger and riding with my grandfather whos eyesight was deteriorating, it got scary, but as noted in other posts, revoking driving privileges based on age is discrimination. The people that believe laws like these should be passed, seem to forget that this would have to apply to a young people as well, why not revoke their driving privileges for going a little too fast down the interstate? Also bear in mind, a lot of old people around have fought and died to save our rights, lets please try not to make them feel like they wasted their time. Finally, if you’re the type to look at the big picture of any situation: your state represenative and congressman, may either already be, or approaching the age of ‘old,’ nonetheless, speaking of rights fought and killed over, they very well may have been voted in merely for winning the majority of the senior citizens choice, who I’ve noticed hardly ever pass up an opportunity to vote. So therefore, along with it being discrimination, its utterly pointless to propose matters like this, as the person passing the law may be personally effected, or they can almost be assured they’ll loose the next election.

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    Name : Joe, Gender : M, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Atheist, Age : 23, City : Houston, State : TX Country : United States, Occupation : I.T., Education level : Technical School, Social class : Middle class, 
    #22957

    Matt
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    I think in general the criteria for holding a license should be more strict; this includes 17-year-olds first getting their licenses (my driving test was frighteningly easy), and those of older ages. Every five years, everyone should be subjected to a rigorous test of motor skills to make sure they are safe. This would save thousands of lives every year.

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    Name : Matt, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 17, City : Parsippany, State : NJ Country : United States, Occupation : Student, Education level : Less than High School Diploma, Social class : Middle class, 
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