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DEBATE TOPICS


Should driver's licenses be revoked at a certain age?

Pros:

    Many senior citizens have health problems that may affect their ability to operate a vehicle safely.

    Roads may be very busy and make driving more difficult for older motorists.

    Older drivers are statistically more dangerous drivers than all younger motorists except beginners.

 

Cons:

    Senior citizens should have the option of maintaining their independence.

    Driving ability is better in some older individuals than in some middle-aged individuals, so this would be unfairly discriminating against them on age alone.

    Losing a driver's license may cause an individual to feel incompetent.

References:

1) Taking Away A Parent's Keys.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution, August 3, 2003.

2)  Parker D, McDonald L, Rabbitt P, Sutcliffe P.  (2003).  Older drivers and road safety: the acceptability of a range of intervention measures.  Accident Analysis & Prevention, 35(5): 805 - 810.