Crashes cause concern for the future of elderly driving
A SPATE of serious road traffic crashes involving older drivers has prompted calls for motorists to consider their driving futures.
One of the four people tragically killed in traffic crashes in the region since January 1 was an elderly driver.
While investigations are continuing into the cause of the crashes, Darling Downs Inspector Mike Curtin said it was a reminder for all drivers to be mindful of their skills and behaviours on the roads.
"The incidents of older-aged persons being involved in fatalities and serious crashes is always a concern for us," he said.
"In particular, these crashes appear to be occurring on major arterial roads where there are higher volumes of traffic."
Insp. Curtin said all drivers must remain mindful of their surrounding when driving.
"While everyone must concentrate to the optimum level, there are so many variables around these major roads including increased signage, increased compliance issues such as speed levels in addition to the higher volume of traffic flow.
"All of these issues create greater challenges to people who are either not as experienced in driving, such as young road users, and those who face the challenge that we all do in that age does catch up with us."
While Queensland has not legislated when a driver must hand in their licence, some medical restrictions can be imposed.
Drivers older than 75 must be certified by a doctor.
"Older drivers do need to sit down and consider in some circumstances their driving futures," Insp. Curtin said.
Investigations are continuing into crashes in which a 92-year-old man died at Mt Hallen on January 12, as well as the fatal two-vehicle crash which killed Chinchilla's Ivan Edney, 69, and Taroom's Pam Walsh last week.