Mandatory driving tests would make roads safer

In response to the letter regarding Schwabl’s owner Gene Staychock’s “insensitive behavior” for his sign, I am compelled to offer a viable alternative. Our neighbors in Ontario have mandatory driving tests, including one for vision every two years, for drivers 80 years and older. Every day there are countless accidents in this country caused by elderly drivers who go the wrong way, mistake the gas pedal for the brake, or simply lack the reflexes to react to unexpected circumstances.

How much more damage, injuries and death do we need to experience before this is enacted? Driving is a privilege, not a right. After several accidents causing damage at Schwabl’s over the years, I understand the owner’s frustration, although seemingly somewhat insensitive.

Carl Palumbo