Old man in Sydney crashes his car into people.
Old man in Frankston crashes his car into a restaurant.
Old man's car rolls onto a Melbourne railway line and delays trains.
I see lots of older drivers in command of motor vehicles and generally they drive in a very incompetent manner. Some are downright dangerous. I should think once you turn seventy, the onus should be on you to prove that you can still drive competently.
If they can barely walk, and it takes them five minutes to get into their drivers seat, should they really be in control of what is proven to be a very dangerous machine?
Somehow, like earsplitting motorbikes and noisy cars, what it is blatantly is obvious to me seems to be invisible to Victorian Police.
Keep in mind that the people I am talking about are not in isolated country towns or an outer suburb where there is no public transport. These old people I speak of who daily threaten lives with their lack of driving skills live in privileged areas with good public transport.
Just to personalise and anecdote, I laughed when we lived in Balaclava and I saw an old bloke with a white stick, indicating he was blind, trying to guide his wife into a reverse parking space. His wife managed to to kind of pull herself out of the car in some manner once the five minutes of reverse parking was completed. Fortunately it was in a side street rather than Carlisle Street, so there was a not a huge impact on other drivers or public transport.
Carlisle Street in Balaclava is horribly trendy now, unlike when we lived there and it was just 'interesting'. One reason we moved is that we tired of interesting at times. I suggest Carlisle Street has the highest number of the oldest and worst drivers in Melbourne. Just around the corner is the St Kilda Police Station but you won't see cops in Carlisle Street unless it is to buy their lunch. Have they been warned off these truly dangerous drivers or are there so many bad drivers in the street, it just all too hard for them?
We are daily lectured about retirement planning and part of that ought to be us examining our alternatives to a motor car when we are old and can't or shouldn't be driving.