In response to the article, "Maine considering tougher restrictions for older drivers" (July 25), I would like to make a few comments.
Secretary of State Charlie Summers says that recent crashes in southern Maine and another one earlier this month in Portland highlighted the death and carnage Maine experiences every year and, apparently, Summers thinks he has found the answer to the problem.
Of Maine's one million drivers in 2011, about 189,000 were 65 or older. That means 18.9 percent of the total drivers are going to be especially scrutinized.
Sounds like discrimination to me.
I read where there is a lot of speeding going on in Maine, however, law enforcement officers don't have the time to stop many of the violators. We all know that speed kills, so why doesn't Summers put on a crusade to curb speeding?
And how many people are driving impaired by either illegal drugs, alcohol or both and causing death on our streets and highways?
Those two groups represent the other 81.1 percent of drivers.
Unfortunately, the elderly are a very captive and vulnerable group, as they can be very easily identified simply by date of birth. How convenient.
Many elderly still have pride and independence. I wonder what will be left when Summers gets done looking into the so-called problem?
Richard Smith, Lewiston