Should seniors be barred from driving at certain times of the day, due to their age and diminished reaction time?
That is one of the questions being asked after news that a 73-year-old Quebec transport truck driver has been charged in connection with that massive fatal crash on the 401 in Whitby last month.
The 21-vehicle collision ended four lives, including two children.
The crash happened in the westbound lanes east of Lake Ridge Road at 10:30 pm on October 2nd when a fully-loaded transport truck failed to slow down for construction-related traffic, and sparked this chain-reaction incident.
3 victims died at the scene, while a 10-year-old died two days later in hospital.
Mohinder Singh Saini of LaSalle, Quebec is the senior charged with four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 11 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.
Last week, there were at least two stories, one out of Burlington and the other out of Oakville, that saw senior drivers near or above the age of 70 crash into the front of a house and a pita restaurant.
Do we need to adopt stricter rules for senior drivers? Should they be tested more often to ensure they’re healthy enough and sharp enough to operate a vehicle? Should a 73-year-old be behind the wheel of a big rig?