Letter: Bad drivers
Reference all the photos of the vehicle crashes, too often tragic, that seem to happen daily in the quad-city area. Without being overt in pointing out the demographic in our communities, I would be remiss if I did not point out the obvious.
Wrong-way drivers, storefront crashes, medical issues behind the wheel are preventable; I have observed folks returning home on two wheels because the tires were destroyed by hitting multiple curbs or other things. Driving is a PRIVELEGE NOT A RIGHT. DMV and the medical community should get behind an effort to see that people need to be physically able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Folks on canes and walkers crawling up behind the wheel cannot possibly have the motor skills or reaction time to use the operative accelerator or brake pedals efficiently.
I did not renew my license and got an ID instead myself decades ago because I recognized that my health precluded 100% ability to operate a large machine. The “lack of independence” reasoning has become very lame. The cost of a vehicle, insurance, registration, gas and maintenance far exceeds the cost of various contracted “on-call” limo services available in town. I only wish that we should all be safe out there.