I am the perfect driver.
Not according to my husband and my children who have recently started to critique my skills, but according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
No speeding tickets. No warnings, in fact. I was hit once from behind in Richmond, VA but barely a dent. Since November 1985 I have been a conscientious and safe driver.
If it says No Turn On Red, I obey. If I come to a Stop sign, I stop. I don't run red lights and ALWAYS use my turn signal. No joke; humongous pet peeve of mine - it's strategically placed on the steering column - how hard is it to flip up and down??
I will admit, I do not drive the speed limit and will often text at red lights. Fault me for that, but catch me if you can.
Now, let's all knock on some wood. Thanks.
I don't boast about my 25 yr driving record because I think I'm the epitome of the perfect driver, I simply bring it up because it scares the crap out of me who is on the road these days.
Take the nut case this morning who got completely flustered when he heard sirens, sort of ran a red light, changed his mind, backed up a little bit but not enough to get out of the middle of the intersection, and then left his car in reverse waiting for the green light. We all saw his little white lights and KNEW as soon as the light turned green he'd be jetting backwards. We were right.
Luckily, I was two cars away and as soon as he felt his car going in the wrong direction he fixed it, but seriously dude. What were you thinking?
So I propose that not only the elderly, but ever driver get retested ever 10 years. Yup. Even me. Heck, we can make it an online thing or simulated test and the real deal every 20 years.
If you get your license at age 17, you go back at 27, 37, 47, 57, etc. Imagine how many drunks and drug addicts we could get off the road with this method - and trust me they are out there - I read the Police Logs.
Charlie shows up for his test after a nice, late night at the local tavern reeking of the $1 draft special. Suspended, dude - thanks for playing. Or the heroin addict that comes in with the shakes and sees hallucinations while parallel parking. Buh-bye. Get off my roads.
I know, I know. You're thinking, "It costs money. It'll back up the system. People will skip the tests. It'll do blah, blah, blah". Step up people. Be responsible and quit complaining every time the rules-as-you-know-them change. Don't throw the "I have a right" bologna this way - I have a right to be safe on the roads without wondering if you know what the hell you're doing behind the wheel. Prove you're a good driver, if you think you are one. (Feels like a Bobby Flay style driving challenge)
Remember, as with pregnancy, it only takes ONE positive test to get a license. After that, you are on your own.
That is my random sampling of one - but just wanted to share. And I'll be on hiatus for a few days as we reconnect with some friends we haven't seen in years.