Invoke Mandatory In-Car Testing for Senior Citizens
Original post made by Mike, College Terrace, on Nov 25, 2006
This isn't to say that young people don't also make these errors in judgment (I'm for keeping everyone under 21 off the road, for different reasons), but the unnecessary deaths caused by elder individuals who are physically and/or mentally incapable of controlling a few-ton vehicle, or reading road signs, or hearing sirens, etc.
These exams could be staged, with 65-year-olds subject to tri-annual exams, through age 74, bi-annual exams from 74-83, and yearly exams thereafter.
Another thing we need to start working toward is cheap, accessible mass transit that will permit anyone, at almost anytime, to *easily* get where they want to go without having to get into their cars.
Palo Alto needs to be thinking about this, now, as we're evolving to a senior-dominated population.