Lousy drivers start young

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Wow, get my blood boiling. I take exception to some of the comments in today’s Auburn Journal concerning senior drivers (“Study: Seniors may be risk on road,” Journal, Feb. 26). I especially take exception to the comments, “Testing seniors every few years,” “Because we are older we follow too close,” “That an AARP defensive driving course is the answer.” Excuse me, “Pulling over to use your cell phone because you are a senior,” that’s the law (if you do not use a hands-free device), regardless of age. “That their children should tell a senior when they should no longer drive.” Another comment I read, that seniors do not check their vehicle’s blind spot. Duh, have you observed drivers of any age starting to drive in an occupied lane? I certainly have. I would suggest to the National Research Group TRIP that they do a study on all drivers. Actually a study is not what is needed. I have maintained for years that the drivers referred to as “stupid old drivers” are actually “stupid young drivers” that grew old. I am not intending to be insulting, just making a point. I feel that I am qualified to make these comments since I am 77 years of age and currently a Class A commercial driver with multiple endorsements in addition to tour bus and motorcycle. First, the DMV testing for all vehicles is totally inadequate (I don’t care what excuses the bureaucrats come up with. The DMV tests prove next to nothing in evaluating a “good” driver. If the DMV tested to a real world standard for driving and law enforcement enforced the most dangerous of violations, maybe some drivers young and old would get the idea. If drivers were held to standards that contribute to good driving habits, an AARP course would not be necessary. I’m not sure that one’s children are a good judge of when parents should or should not drive. From my observation, those in the “children’s” age bracket are the biggest offenders, including mothers driving with children in the vehicle in a school zone. Yep, it’s true. Studies have shown it to be. I make driving my No. 1 concern when I am behind the wheel or handlebars and I behoove my “children” to do the same. William N. (Bill) Carpenter Sr., North Auburn