31 August, 2012

Driving Age

How old should we be able to drive?

100 year-old (turning 101 this week) drives over crowd of elementary kids in Los Angeles.

In 2003 an 86-year-old man plowed into pedestrians at a crowded farmers market in downtown Santa Monica, killing 10 people and injuring 63 others, spurring this South Park cartoon.

But experts say the elderly are no more dangerous than 20-somethings.  With teen-age drivers being so inadequate that driving accounts for a full third of teen-age deaths.  Many older people feel giving up driving is basically giving up on life.

What to do?  They didn't solve the issue in South Park, but the answer is clearly stop being auto-dependent for mobility.  You can drive but not everywhere, all-the-time, for your entire life.

Create walkable communities with access to public transit. Unfortunately walking and public transit were identified as problems by the GOP in Florida this week.

we believe the right to drive starts at conception