Today’s post might be a bit of a touchy subject and I want to start off by saying if you refer to my first post “Were you raised too neutral” you would know that it is highly recommended to read this with an open mind. If you’ve locked yours and thrown away the key then this might not be the blog for you!
Sometime last week I heard on the news that a little boy had been killed during his walk to school one morning. What troubled me the most was that the driver was an elderly man. This is a reoccurring problem that we need to stop tiptoeing around. Time after time elderly citizens, who are not fit enough to drive, are accidentally injuring and killing people.
Nothing is being done because this is considered “ageism.” The speed limit in Canada is 40km/hr for school zones (or 25 miles) and this man managed to hit the mother first (meaning that he had to have seen her or felt her hit the car), knocked her to the side and proceeded to run the 4 year old over who later died in the hospital. The case is still under investigation so I cannot say for sure but the majority of these people get fined and their licence suspended. Case closed. I don’t want to assume that it is automatically due to his age, but the fact that he was 78 years old and hit not only one, but two people is quite the coincidence.
I also heard a story a couple of years ago about an elderly woman who hit a jogger and the jogger got caught onto the car and was dragged for a decent amount of time to the woman’s driveway where she bled to death. The driver didn’t notice, walked inside her house and a man who was walking his dog found her and called 911. (NOTE: I cannot find a link to this story so it’s okay if you deem this story unfit evidence for my point, I apologize. It is simply something I saw on the news when I was younger!)
I believe that many of these murders can be stopped simply by administering a physical test for drivers over the age of 60 for example. It is a natural part of life to begin to lose vision, to be hearing impaired, to have slower reaction times, to be less aware and no one is belittling you because of that. We will all get there one day, someone might reach it at 60, others at 80… It’s really not that big of a deal. But it IS a big deal if you drive impaired and kill innocent people because of being stubborn, and not willing to admit your inability to drive safely.
If you are deemed unfit to drive, our government should provide designated taxis at the same cost of owning a car (paying insurance, gas, etc) in order for it to be fair! In my eyes this is not ageism, it is realism.
That would be in an ideal world, but that ideal world does not exist therefore all I can say is if you, or someone you know, is reaching that age where you are starting to question their driving abilities, stop them. Together maybe you can find another way to get where you need to go. Carpool with friends, taxis, public transit etc.
This is not only for the innocent that could be killed or hurt, but it is for the driver as well. Could you live with yourself knowing that you, accidentally killed someone?
P.s. if you are interested in the story, I have provided the link below.