WON’T SLOW DOWN: Mary Murray, 96, says rules to make elderly drivers redo their road test would be discriminatory.
WON’T SLOW DOWN: Mary Murray, 96, says rules to make elderly drivers redo their road test would be discriminatory. Brett Wortman

No silent state push to curb senior drivers

MARY Murray has been driving for almost 70 years.

So it's not surprising the 96-year-old was worried when it was suggested the State Government might change the rules relating to elderly drivers.

The fears were sparked by a letter from an 88-year-old Jandowae woman, who was frustrated she would have to re-sit her driving test to keep her licence.

"The powers-that-be have found a way to get elderly people off the road without the usual publicity," Celia Jeitz wrote.

Should people hand their driver’s licences in when they reach a certain age?

This poll ended on 02 February 2015.

Current Results

Definitely. No one over 70 should be driving.

4%

Yes, but at what age?

6%

Yes, but a medical check should be the guide.

66%

No way! Let them drive forever.

22%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The suggestion her licence might be at risk was a worry for Mrs Murray.

She's been driving since she was 27 and taught "all the housewives in Nambour" to drive.

She claims she hasn't had a speeding fine for "at least 17 years" and has no parking fines, no accidents or any black marks against her insurance policy.

"The last time I had a speeding fine was before my husband (former Maroochy Shire councillor Fred Murray) died 17 years ago," Mrs Murray said.

"I haven't got a black mark against my name with my insurance company or anyone.

"It would be discrimination to tell me I have to now go and sit a driving test.

"It is the P-platers which are the worst drivers."

Queensland Transport has clarified the situation, confirming Mrs Murray has nothing to fear.

Regulations introduced last month mean all Mrs Murray - or anyone over 75 - needs to continue driving is an annual medical certificate and eye test.

"Drivers aged 75 or older are required to carry a valid medical certificate when driving," a departmental spokesman said.

"The change that came into effect on January 1 places a 12-month maximum validity on these medical certificates."

Ms Jeitz also clarified to the Daily it was her doctor, not the State Government, who wouldn't pass her so she could drive again because of a "bad leg".

Mrs Murray said the trick to driving at any age was "knowing your car".

"Cars are a lethal weapon in the hands of idiots," she said.

"Treat your car with respect and always remind yourself you are in charge of a lethal weapon."



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