Friday, January 04, 2008

Political Correctness and the Elderly

I REALLY want to be on the road at the same time as this guy: 85 years old and driving 100 MPH in snow and ice. Apparently they're pretty lax about such things in Canada. He only lost his license and the use of his car for one week.

My feeling is that while this may have been an appropriate punishment for a younger person, in this case, doesn't it suggest a blindness to the physical realities of getting old? Is it political correctness not to ask if the combination of this driver's age and actions alone betrayed a lack judgment and a decline in cognitive function?

Are such questions not to be asked even the face of an overriding public health interest? To me, this individual's "right" to drive should be terminated before someone else's life is.

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