I have been looking up car accident statistics for about a week and I find that this is a huge problem not only in Arizona but everywhere. Since there are so many baby boomers the problem is only going to get worse. I have seen a few articles on people saying that we should also be looking at teen drivers, claiming that teen drivers cause as many accidents as senior drivers, however in my search through the statistics that is not true. So if this is such a problem why isn’t anything being done about it? According to the Arizona DOT by the year 2030, older drivers are expected to account for 18.9% of all vehicles driven (HOW FUCKING SCARY IS THIS?)
So I’m sitting in the DMV today for a duplicate license (because some ass hole stole my wallet on X-mas eve, a story for another time.) When I notice this man who had to be at least 90 years old, couldn’t walk without holding onto the counters and his whole body shaking like a leaf. I’m listening to them talk and realize that this man was there to get his license. I watched as he works his way through people (clinging to people and counters as he went so as not to fall). Now this old man had to do an eye test lol, the second he got there he say’s “my eye’s are great” ha,ha well just because his eyes are great doesn’t mean he could react fast enough to any given situation, and as bad as he shakes I’m surprised he could keep the wheel straight. This old mans reflexes were shot and the fact that he was shaking uncontrollable should have been a sign that he doesn’t need his license. Low and behold this old man walked out of the DMV with his new license. HOW?
I live in Arizona, and anyone who lives here will tell you that the snowbirds are dangerous, stupid drivers. Most snowbirds are retiree’s and once snowbird season comes, watch out. These old people will turn down the wrong side of the road, the wrong side of the freeway, they will drive on and off the sidewalks, they pull out in front of you when you are doing 60 mph then they go 40 mph. Now come on you cannot tell me that the death rate for car accidents doesn’t go up when these snowbirds come our way.
This article has nothing to do with Arizona, however it does have to do with senior citizens driving. There is some great information in this article for those of you who have parents that should no longer be driving. http://www.franchising.com/news/20120411_rash_of_senior_citizen_car_crashes_has_families_ta.html
Sorry this is just a bitch post, if I cannot use my blog to talk about the things that bother me that why have it?
Here are links to some statistics and articles on senior drivers