Over the weekend I was presented with a couple of interesting moral dilemma’s. One involved drinking and driving and the other concerned the health of elderly people and driving.
A good friend of mine was telling me how after some events the visitors are falling into their cars and driving away in a state of intoxication in the dark. Now this poses a number of questions, which I o not readily have an answer to.
Firstly, should he stop these people driving? But there are large numbers of people at these events, a few hundred at least maybe even a few thousand and to stop and check each one would cause traffic delays leaving the venue and also it would expose him to potential violence as well.
Should he call the Police to breathalyse any he suspects of being intoxicated, with the same potential issues? I am told that the Police are aware of the problem.
The other issue was one that I was aware of before, but was reminded of it today. When my own Grandfather was getting on in years we asked the GP to assess whether he should continue driving and then we suggested he find another way to travel. This was achieved, because he agreed that he should stop driving.
But what if the driver does not wish to stop driving and it is down to the GP to make the decision for them based on the requirements of the DVLA medical rules. It is quite a responsibility for the GP’s as they have to make some decisions that will affect the lives of their patients, but they should not shy away from removing the ability to drive from persons who should not be driving.
Your opinions on these moral dilemma’s would be most welcome whether you agree or disagree with my opinions.
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