Letters to the province, November 9, 2021: There is a fair process to assess the driving skills of older people

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In response to the letter about the “seizure” of the driver’s licenses of the elderly. I am friends with a family member who took up the cause of retesting the ability of older people to drive a vehicle safely after the loss of his 10-year-old brother in an accident involving an automobile driven by an elderly woman. He was no longer fit to drive. I was hit by a small pickup truck while stopped in Spuzzum by a senior driver who passed two sets of road works signs and a long line of stopped cars. I stopped him before oncoming traffic approached and he asked me why I was stopped in the middle of the road. He was clearly confused. Had he failed to stop it, it could have resulted in a head-on collision and put the safety of 13 men from the crew ahead at risk.

These regulations exist for a reason. My late father-in-law had a mini stroke that left him unable to understand the numbers and caused a lot of confusion in his thinking, yet he still had a driver’s license. He also couldn’t find his way to the store. Fortunately, in his most lucid moment he surrendered his license and sold his car. Surely there are many more stories similar to mine. This is a security problem, not a human rights problem.

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There is a fair and comprehensive process for evaluating an older person’s driving skills. The same applies to new drivers. If your driving privileges are revoked and there is no public transportation, you may contact Social Services for guidance.

Glenda Jamison, Surrey


I support Ruth Amiabel’s suggestion that the cancellation of the driver’s licenses of the elderly be suspended during this pandemic. We hear so often that older people are at higher risk. I just traveled in a crowded bus with more than 30 people standing, some of them older. You have to think more about this situation. As a victim, I will go beyond the writer and suggest that current policy borders on elder abuse.

Philip Hebbard, Delta


As an older person who has been driving since 1960 and I still have my driver’s license, I have a lot of sympathy for older people who have lost their driving privileges. It is a privilege to drive, not a right. Many older people have far fewer accidents than their grandchildren and are much more likely to lose their license than their grandchildren. In most cases, seniors lose their driving privileges because the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles has sent them a letter saying they must get their doctor’s approval to keep their license. I know this because these forms have been sent to me from this branch many times before. Fortunately, I was approved. The other reason for losing your driver’s license is that your driving record is less than satisfactory.

This Quadra Island senior says: “I live on an island with no traffic. I could use a scooter, but the roads on the island are narrow and have no sidewalks and I would be taking my life in my hands. ”It sounds like a place where driving is dangerous, regardless of your age.

Fred Perry, Maple Ridge


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