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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Older Drivers; Who Makes The Call When Its Time To Quit Driving?

Many of us have had to face telling a loved one that they are no longer fit to drive, for either health or other reasons. While it's painful, would you rather have the government break the bad news to your loved ones, in the form of a law? The Coeur d'Alene Press looks at the issue of elderly drivers who may not be safe anymore and if a law is needed to get them to hang up the keys.

4 comments:

Charles Hansen said...

My dad drove till he was 100, and his license was still valid after that. I think most people will know when it is time to stop driving, and if not their family should step in, not the government.

KMPO Staff said...

Dang Charles, that's impressive! I personally tend to agree; most seem to know when to give it up, and many even enjoy having others drive them places so they can spend time with family members. The government already has its hands full enforcing everything else, and it doesn't appear to be a prevalent enough issue that government time and money should be spent on it.

Matt Gurwell said...

"Beyond Driving with Dignity; The workbook for the families of older drivers".

This user-friendly workbook was developed to offer concerned families a working roadmap (complete with actual exercises) on how to address the issue of driving safety with an older adult in your family.

The workbook has been designed to offer additional peace of mind to families, help older drivers maintain their independence and dignity, and at the same time help prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries on our nation's roadways.

Please visit our website at www.keepingussafe.org to learn more about the Beyond Driving with Dignity workbook.

Matt Gurwell
Founder & CEO
Keeping Us Safe
877-907-8841
www.keepingussafe.org
email: info@keepingussafe.org

KMPO Staff said...

Thanks Matt! I just looked through your website, I'll post your information out front so everyone can see it.

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