Very elderly drivers do not have to be inspected once every five years, but every year to assess whether they can still get on the road. Edo Kieft from Hengelo, the father-in-law of the deceased Maike, makes that call.
At the moment, every driver from the age of 75 must undergo a medical examination. If you get through, you can hit the road for the next five years. The next inspection takes place at the age of 80.
But health can deteriorate rapidly in those five years, Kieft emphasizes. That is why he thinks that the policy should be tightened up and that there should be an annual inspection. “It’s crazy that this could have happened. This man should not have had a driver’s license.”
The 88-year-old motorist was eventually fined 1,000 euros. “Then I am the petition started. It is not my intention to take away their driving license from the elderly, but it is simply not self-evident that people at this age can still drive well. The current inspection is not much. “
He has seen how it can work with his own mother. “My brother and I began to suspect that she was developing dementia and found that it was actually no longer safe to let her take the road. She was driving very slowly and had damage to her car because she had passed a wall. But how? “Do you handle such a situation? It’s not easy to say something like that to your mother. You also take someone’s pride. Still, we eventually took her driver’s license.”
Senior psychologist Sarah Blom doubts whether this approach is such a good idea. “It is good to realize that taking someone’s driver’s license has a huge impact. It can even bring feelings of depression and lead to isolation. An elderly person without a driver’s license is limited in what he or she can do.”
It quickly becomes a yes / no discussion, she thinks. “If you enter into a conversation with each other in this way, you will be diametrically opposed to each other. Instead of taking someone’s driving license, you better ask how someone looks at it themselves. Does your father or mother still enjoy driving? Or is it? it better if someone comes along from now on? “
Traffic Victims Association
Hans van Maanen, chairman of the Traffic Victims Association, however, agrees with Edo Kieft. “My own father had his driver’s license renewed when he was 76. Not long after that he turned out to have a form of Alzheimer’s. In fact, he had been unable to drive for a long time.”
“The problem is: some 70-year-olds are very active, but it is possible that their condition deteriorates sharply in the following years. It therefore seems good to introduce an annual inspection to keep an eye on it.”
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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