Elderly drivers hit back at licence plans -‘constantly put in danger’ by young motorists

Elderly drivers: Confused.com put OAPs to the test

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One older driver said she was “appalled” at the way younger drivers behave on the road. Another claimed their lives were “constantly put in danger by young men” while another added youngsters drive like “maniacs”.

The comments come after experts at IAMRoadSmart suggested new “flexible” driving licences for older motorists.

This would introduce some restrictions on older drivers such as a curfew and distance limit.

However, the plans were attacked by Express readers who claimed campaigners were going after the wrong age group.

Express reader SusanWoolley said: “If elderly drivers are such a problem, why [do] young drivers have to pay prohibitive car insurance?

“As an elderly driver, I am appalled at the way some younger drivers drive.

“I find most drivers contravening the highway code, exceeding the speed limit.

“Amber gamblers at traffic lights etc are in the age range of under 30.”

Express reader EDRO said: “Where I am, the [elderly] people are the safest.

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“Our lives are constantly put in danger by young men/boys absolutely screaming along overtaking when it’s ridiculous, jumping lights and racing.”

Another reader added: “I might support this if it also includes all under 25-year-olds.”

Road casualty data from the Department for Transport (DfT) shows elderly drivers are more likely to die in road collisions than youngsters.

A total of 297 youngsters between the age of 17 and 24 were killed in accidents in 2020, compared to 435 motorists over the age of 60.

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