Specific Purpose: We want our audience to agree that the physically disabled elderly people need to retake their test or prove that they can drive before actually getting behind the wheel of a car. Thesis Statement: These elderly drivers, who are physically disabled, should not be driving without retaking the test or doing something to prove they are still capable to drive. I. Elderly are terrible drivers.
A. The elderly are an increasing population of bad drivers, because of their health. B. Those include medical conditions like diabetes, having heart problems, having poor eyesight and being delusional. C. People with health risk or even something simple as just wearing glasses should “renew” their license, and to pass should have to take a small series test as simple as an eye exam. D. Overall, people over the age of 70 should have to perform a simple test to renew their license.
II. Problem: According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of drivers 70 and older is expected to increase from 27.8 million in 2010 to 51.7 million in 2030 and 67 million in 2050.The rapid increase in the older driver population has led to concerns about the potential effects on traffic safety associated with this trend. A. Based on data reported by states to the Federal Highway Administration, there were approximately 22.3 million licensed drivers 70 and older in 2010. B. A NHTSA study of 1995 FARS (Fatal Accident Reporting System) data reports that senior citizens accounted for: * 5% of all people injured in traffic crashes
* 13% of all traffic fatalities
* 13% of all vehicle occupant fatalities
* 18% of all pedestrian fatalities
C. If the elderly continue to drive as their health problems increase, they will not only be putting their selves at risk, but the rest of the population as well.
III. Criteria for Solution: The solutions cannot be physically, mentally, or emotionally harmful to the driver. It has to be fair,...
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