Oldies not problem

ONCE again the debate about older drivers has reared its ugly head.

And once again there is a strong call for over 65 drivers to carry S-plates on their vehicles.

What a pile of rot. That's my view.

I would very strongly suggest that the major problems on our roads are not created by older drivers; they are caused by young drivers who think they are bullet-proof and who are also incredibly impatient and think they own the roads.

As Herb Linwood says in our Page 3 article today, the problem is with drivers ranging in age from 25 to 65 - not those who are older.

It's time our new young drivers were taught some restraint when it comes to driving a motor vehicle.

I'm sure we've all been in the position of seeing young blokes - and some young ladies - thinking they are sitting on the start line of the Nurburgring when waiting at traffic lights and then flying to the next corner, leaving two long streaks of black rubber in their wake.

Those same people are the people who, when held up by a far more cautious older driver will apply the DRS and scream past the 'offending' car in front; often making rude gesticulations as they pass.

These are the people who are causing the problems on our roads.

And it seems as though they are not going to change their ways any time soon.

Society, and the governing authorities, should be concentrating on making it much more difficult for young drivers to gain a licence.

An extremely good start would be to make it compulsory for all new drivers to undergo an advanced driving course, and also a defensive driving course, so that they are more aware of the dangers.

Driving a car in my book is a privilege. It is not a right as soon as a person reaches the age of 16.

Privileges need to be earned, and not given away lightly.



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