‘It’s dangerous’: David Mitchell tweet sparks fierce debate over older drivers’ licences

‘It’s dangerous’: David Mitchell tweet sparks fierce debate over older drivers’ licences


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David Mitchell tweeted an image which prompted many motorists to debate whether elderly drivers were fit enough to be on the road. The image in question was of an advert in a newspaper which showed an elderly woman celebrating with a laptop in front of her.

The text on the image read: “She’s just renewed her over 70 driving licence online with DVLA.

“It’s easy, quick and secure.”

The comedian, writer and actor captioned the post: “If it’s so easy and quick, why the enormous sense of triumph?”

This led to thousands of interactions with the tweet with over 500 replies and 13,500 likes.

Some Twitter users took aim at elderly drivers saying they were dangerous on the roads and should be managed.

One Twitter user commented on the image, saying: “Because over 70s shouldn’t be driving and she can’t believe that despite her poor eyesight and limited reaction time to other vehicles and potential hazards, she lives to cause an accident another day.”

One of the most popular responses was from Anne Mizrahi, who hit back at the critics.

She wrote: “To all those posting disparaging remarks about older drivers – remember your tweet and see how you feel about it when you’re older.

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“Bet it won’t seem quite so witty then.”

In response, a user with the handle Nope, said: “Every elderly person I know drives. 

“Ninety nine percent of them should NOT be driving.

“My own grandparents have admitted not being able to see anything whilst I’m sat in the car with them, and they still think they’re fine to get behind a wheel.

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