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Elderly drivers(65 and older) should have to renew yearly.

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Started: 11/7/2013 Category: Cars
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Elderly Drivers

In 2008, more than 5,500 older adults were killed and more than 183,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. This amounts to 15 older adults killed and 500 injured in crashes on average every day. It has become apparent that age has an effect on a drivers safety. As you age you become at risk for the many problems the come with age. Many of these problems may affect the ability to do tasks that involve a quick reaction time and fast thinking.

Older drivers are more likely to have health issues that would impair their ability to drive.Loss of vision among the elderly is a major health care problem; approximately one in three elderly persons has some form of vision-reducing eye disease by the age of 65. An example of an eye disease is cataracts. Older drivers with cataracts experience a restriction in driving mobility and a decrease in their safety on the road. Of course not all elderly drivers are unsafe and should be taken off the road, but there is a considerable amount that are unaware of the increased danger they pose.

If we require those above the age if 65 to re-new there licenses yearly, there could be a great sum of revenue made.It was reported in 2009 there were 33 million licensed drivers 65 and older in the U. S. If we charge a mear one or two dollars,we could use the revenue on the roads to make them safer and more comfortable.

As we age our brains begin to deteriorate and function slower. One of the most common form of brain deterioration disease is dementia. People with dementia have problems doing daily tasks and communicating. In more extreme cases they may begin to see hallucinations. It has been estimated that 10-15% of drivers over the age of 65 have dementia. Of course not every person with dementia will see fluffy unicorns or have trouble brushing their teeth, but there may be drivers that are getting worse and need to be removed from the road.

If this resolution is put into effect it would greatly increase the safety of the roads. Roads may also be safer and smoother due to the money that would be made from the small fee that would be charged at renewal. Now this resolutions goal is not to single out the elderly and take away there privilege. The goal is to make driving conditions safer for everyone. An impaired driver is not only a risk to the people around them, but are also a risk to themselves.


I'm sorry but it seems as though you are arguing that elderly drivers should have to renew but you are arguing for con. Please clarify.
Debate Round No. 1


Sorry about that I have prepared a con argument
Many elderly adults don’t have the mobility they used to, and wish to stay as independent as possible. Driving is one of the few things that allows them to keep some of their independence. Driving allows them to stay mobile without having to rely on their children or grandchildren to take them places. Also elderly drivers are less likely to drive when weather is bad, and are more cautious when driving.

If you think about it people 65 and older don’t leave the house for many occasions. Maybe go to the store for some milk or to Jimmy’s soccer game. Many are probably retired and don't drive often due to the fact that they really don’t need to go anywhere because they don’t have a job. They live a fairly sedentary lifestyle of soap operas, sleep, and denture cream. So It doesn't make sense to make them have to get up and drive somewhere where they probably hadn’t planned to go anywhere.

Due to the fact that they are most likely retired they might not have the money to renew. Many elderly adults live of social security and don’t have much money to spend. Most of their income goes to food, housing, bills,and medicine. They don't have the money to be spending on something they already earned, which is the privilege to drive.

Elderly drivers are also probably the most cautious drivers out of all the age groups. This is the reason why they drive slower than molasses going up hill in the middle of winter.

They have to make up for reaction time so they drive slower and overly cautious. Also elderly drivers are less likely to drink and drive like a great number of teens. Nevertheless the elderly have decades of driving experience while teens only have a few years.

To make the elderly go out of there way to pay for something they rightfully earned many years earlier makes about as much sense as a football bat. Elderly drivers have many years of experience compared to that a teen. If we require the elderly to renew then we should to the same to ill minded teenagers.



As you so rightly said in the first argument, as we get older our brains begin to slow down. Reflexes begin to slow, eyesight and hearing begin to weaken. Therefore elderly folks are more at risk for accidents and injuries in a car. On average. 500 elderly drivers are injured, and 15 die, every day. [1] Many elderly people, especially males, tend to be very independent, and not want to accept help or illness. If an elderly person is tested every year to make sure their reflexes, eyesight, and hearing are where they need to be in order to drive, then these injuries and deaths could be prevented. Therefore it is in the best interest of all drivers to have elderly people tested yearly. However, in fairness to the elderly people, all should have to be tested, especially those who had an accident of some sort in the past year. This is to prevent any injuries and keep all drivers and pedestrians safe.

While you are correct in saying that elderly folks have more experience than teens, both pose a risk to all drivers and pedestrians. You also say that elderly drivers are overly cautious and "drive slower than molasses," this also poses risks. There comes a point where driving too slow, just as driving too fast, presents an opportunity for safety issues, which is why you get a ticket for both. I also agree that you say that many elderly drivers can't afford to renew. I say that they should have to renew, but at a lower cost. For example, my grandparents are both diabetic, and both live off of social security and other government benefits to help those who can't afford to help themselves. So they ask my family, who is lucky to live right up the road from them, for help with traveling for things like doctor's appointments and shopping. My grandparents gave up their licenses because they couldn't afford to renew. So I say give them a lower renew rate, but make them renew just the same. That way they still have a little independence, and, in some cases, dignity.

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