Too Old To Drive? Should There Be a Cut-Off?
Police say a 91-year-old man was behind the wheel—with a valid drivers license—in a fatal accident in Creve Coeur. Can you be too old to drive?
Police say a 91-year-old man was behind the wheel in a Creve Coeur accident on Sunday that injured Sheila Weaver, 67, the passenger in the car. She later died from her injuries.
The driver had a valid Missouri drivers license, officials said in our follow-up story on the case.
Some argue that teenage drivers are no safer than older drivers, and we don't think twice about handing over the wheel to 16-year-old kids.
A column in the Joplin Globe two years ago cited these numbers: "The rate of three fatalities per 100 million miles driven among drivers ages 75 to 84 is on par with that for teenagers; for drivers 85 and older, the fatality rate is four times higher than for teens."
What do you think? Can you be too old to drive? Should the state restrict the age of drivers or is that a decision best left up to individuals and their families?