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March 14, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Create better standards for elderly drivers

I write as a 79-year-old who has driven since age 16, and who has never been in a collision [“Fatal crash restarts conversation on aging drivers problems,” Local News, March 9].

As I have aged, I have noted the slowing of my reflex time and the reduction of my night vision, and have adjusted my driving strategies accordingly. Despite this, I remain concerned about my driving skills and those of my aging contemporaries.

I offer that age alone might not be an accurate marker of the ability to drive safely or a predictor of accident risk. Other factors enter the equation, such as physical and cognitive abilities.

It makes sense that we seniors need to prove that we are fit to drive. It seems reasonable to me to be tested more rigorously and more frequently than a 35-year-old. I think I should be required to demonstrate my driving ability to a testing officer after taking a written test. In addition, I think I should be required to show evidence of attendance at an accredited defensive-driving class.

Paul Heins, Redmond

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