LETTER: Treating senior drivers as burden is unwelcoming

SOME people have adopted the position that our roads would be safer without senior drivers. They appear to have arbitrarily selected a terminal age to our driving that rejects the existing considerations of health and ability.

If you remove any group from the road, whom you consider to be a greater than average risk, say people under 25 years, or perhaps the unemployed, you will no doubt include in the selected group, drivers who present a greater than average risk. Apart from this, the reduction in road users will certainly improve road safety. No matter what our age or ability, anyone taking a vehicle to the road presents some level of risk.

Ideologues focus and pursue a perceived 'good', in a way that ignores lateral contra-considerations. For them, this perceived 'good' justifies the means, and in their narrow focus, they can be fatuously convinced and quite cruel.

The idea that we are a threat, and therefore a burden on the roads, may at some stage trigger the notion, in the not-distant future, that as unproductive retirees, pensioners are a burden in general. It would not be too far from there, to the invention of a 'happy valley' pill, as a 'final solution'.


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