The National Police Agency in Japan reports there are 17 million drivers age 65 and over in the country. Recently, aging drivers have been in the news after an 87 year old driver in Yokohama drove into a group of elementary children. One six year old died and 11 others were injured.
Last week a 97 year old high ranking Buddhist priest returned his driver's license because of this controversy over elderly drivers. Originally the priest wanted to keep his license to drive until he turned 100, but decided it was stupid to try to maintain his license out of pride. He encouraged other elderly drivers to be safe and give up their licenses.
I can understand wanting to stay independent, but there comes a point when it is safer to stop driving. Do you know anyone who is still driving when he shouldn't be? Or, on the other hand, do you know an elderly person who is still able to drive safely? I don't drive in Japan, and may be quite old when I go back to the US. I think I will be fine not driving when I'm elderly, but time will tell.