November 01, 2016 EXP

Senior Driving: a View from the Bench

Hon. Freddrenna M. Lyle

“Wow,” you think to yourself. “When did they put that stop sign there?” As you sit on the side of the road awaiting the police officer, each pass of the flashing lights raises your blood pressure. Heart pumping, you fumble through your glove compartment for your registration and insurance. Soon, the officer hands you a ticket and, depending on the violation, shows you when and where you are to appear before a judge. As you drive home, you think about your last traffic ticket some forty-two years ago. The number triggers the recognition that you are now a senior citizen, and suddenly, you begin to imagine the loss of your driving privileges. Fear sets in.

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