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News To Know: On The Road Again

Posted on 07/15/2008 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

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Age should not be a determining factor in whether or not someone is fit to drive. We’ve already discussed the need to ensure that every driver is safe enough to be on the road, regardless of age. However, what can be done when it’s time to give up the keys? Over half a million drivers over 70 stop driving each year, and this can be problematic. Older Americans who do not drive are likely to have less access to goods and services, make fewer trips to the doctor, and feel isolated from their community. A key tool in combating these issues is good public transportation, but we don’t have nearly enough of it in this country. Rural and suburban neighborhoods have a significant shortage in alternatives for those who can’t drive, and we need some solutions.

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