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Licensed drivers over the age of 55

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/21/2010 Category: Society
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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karinah7

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people over the age of 55 should not be allowed to drive, there have been so many unnecessary accidents and deaths because of this, I don't care how good you think you drive your body and mind are not the same as they were 10 15 yrs ago, there is an age where the state will let you drive and there should be a limit to the age as well
Puck

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"people over the age of 55 should not be allowed to drive, there have been so many unnecessary accidents and deaths because of this"

Those aged 16-28 are in a far larger number of accidents, shall you ban them too? Indeed on the premise of amount of accidents, that age group indeed warrant banning more than 55+ age group. [1]

15-20 year olds involved in crashes from the period 1994-2004 had a 5% increase [2]

From 1997 aged group 70+ has enjoyed a consistent *decline* in the number of accidents per population. [3]

"I don't care how good you think you drive your body and mind are not the same as they were 10 15 yrs ago, there is an age where the state will let you drive and there should be a limit to the age as well"

While we could deviate this debate into ethical arguments and maybe in R2 I will, I shall just stick with statistics for now.

Reaction times while they do decrease with age are still only differentiated in terms of milliseconds and able to be offset with both physical and mental exercise. [4]

Indeed the difference between 55+ and a 20 year old varies from 120 to around 280 milliseconds only. [5]

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The idea that at the age of 55 one drives unsafely is unfounded. :)

[1] http://www.boston.com...

[2] NHTSA data.

[3] http://img402.imageshack.us...
S. Lyman, S.A. Ferguson, E.R. Braver, and A. F. Williams.Older driver involvement in police reported crashes and fatal crashes: trends and projections. Injury Prevention 8.2 (June 202): p.116

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...

[5] Challenger Center for Space Science Research
Debate Round No. 1
karinah7

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karinah7 forfeited this round.
Puck

Pro

Congratulations. You are no longer a forfeit virgin. :)
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Johnicle 7 years ago
Johnicle
same as below... Maybe if the age was at 70, or perhaps implementing special tests for those over a certain age. but flat out no one over 55 is foolish
Posted by Maikuru 7 years ago
Maikuru
Pro legitimately earned each category. Specifics available upon request =D
Posted by popculturepooka 7 years ago
popculturepooka
RFD:

Pro had better conduct for not forfeiting, more convincing arguments, and actually used sources - so everything to Pro except spelling and grammar.
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