I am alarmed at the vehicular accidents/mishaps that have taken place over the last few days. I was saddened by the death of the young man who has left one precious child fatherless; and I was aghast as I read the story about the seven-year-old girl, who was hit and dragged by a vehicle, for at least 30 feet.
Having read both stories in detail, one thing stuck out to me – the age of the individuals driving the vehicles in both accidents – one was 70 while the other 83 years old. Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way discriminating against the elderly. Young and middle-aged people could have very well committed both acts. However, it brings to light the need to regularly test drivers to ensure that they know and follow the rules of the road, and also that they are aware of their surroundings.
The statutory body that issues drivers licences should put measures in place to re-test motorists every few years, including eye tests. Just as it is necessary for vehicles to be licensed and insured annually, it is also essential that the skills of drivers be evaluated every few years, whatever their age.
Until then, all motorists and pedestrians should take the time to be extra cautious.