WATERCOOLER: Should older drivers have to show an 'S-plate'?
AUSTRALIA'S older drivers could be asked to display an "S-Plate" - similar to the L or P-Plates for new drivers - following a call by insurer QBE to slow down elderly motorists.
The Herald Sun reports that 50 drivers in Victoria between the ages of 49 and 85 died while behind the wheel between 2013 and 2014, their foot still on the pedal.
Surgeon Dr John Crozier said while older drivers may travel slowly, it was these low-speed situations that often posed the greatest risk to others.
"Frequently, it's a spouse opening a garage door who becomes pinned by the vehicle when the driver becomes impaired," Dr Crozier said.
Forensic expert Associate Professor Morris Odell said most of these deaths in older Australians were a result of medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Insurer QBE has suggested drivers to opt-in to a "S1, S2" system that would allow a tracker in their car to judge their driving, which would replace medical or driving tests.
The company released a statement this morning following earlier media reports clarifying its position.
QBE believes the use of these trackers could help all drivers, and that any decision on licencing was the domain of state governments.
The Victorian Government has so far said there is no need for change.
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