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Do Older Drivers Belong On The Road?

Should age play a factor in someone's ability to drive? While some people think so, others do not.

An accident Wednesday where a flagman was injured while directing traffic when he was hit by a car by a 91-year-old driver is bringing the issue of older drivers to the forefront again.

Many people say driving should depend on a person's physical and mental ability rather than their age.

They say there are many people in their seventies that are better drivers than their counterparts. But still numbers do not lie. In Onslow County last year, 11 percent of wrecks were caused by people 55 and older, whereas 24.4 percent was caused by people between the ages of 20-24.

But that wasn't the case in Jones county where more accidents were caused by people 55 and older. Which is something officials say depends on the area.

Still some disagreed and stood firm against older people driving and said after a certain age older people should be re-examined more often than every five years.


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