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BBC新闻英语 - Old drivers kept off the road

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老年人一向被认为是最安全的司机群体。他们一般不会在交通高峰时段上路,发生事故的机率也比年轻司机小很多。可是越来越多的老年司机在英国被撤销驾照了,原因是什么呢?请听 Judith Moritz 的报道:

Motorists over 70 are considered to be amongst the safest on the road. Many avoid rush-hour and late-night driving and are said to cause fewer accident-related injuries than younger drivers.

But more of them than ever are being stopped from driving for medical reasons. In 2011 just over 10,000 over-70s were banned because of their health. By last year, that figure had risen by a third to nearly 13,000 drivers.

The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) says it is not clear why there has been such a surge in the number of older drivers losing their licence on health grounds.

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请听报道并回答下列问题。

1. At what two times do people over 70 try not to drive?

2. What do younger drivers cause more of than older drivers?

3. Why are older drivers being stopped from driving?

4. True or false? The DVLA knows why the number of older drivers losing their licences has increased.

词汇表

motorists 开车的人群

considered 被认为是

amongst 其中

accident-related 由事故造成的

injuries 受伤

medical reasons 由于医疗原因

banned 禁止

health 健康

figure 数据

clear 明确,清楚

surge 猛涨,突然上升

licence 驾照

on health grounds 基于健康理由

答案

1. At what two times do people over 70 try not to drive? They try not to drive at rush-hour or late at night.

2. What do younger drivers cause more of than older drivers? They cause more accident-related injuries

3. Why are older drivers being stopped from driving? They are being stopped because of health or medical reasons.

4. True or false? The DVLA knows why the number of older drivers losing their licences has increased. False. The DVLA is not clear on why there has been a large increase.

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