Personally, I would like to see it get a lot harder to get a license in the first place, a lot easier to lose it, and regular testing in between. Here in Toronto we have a whole herd of young drivers who put far more emphasis in looking cool than in driving. We also have the requisite soccer moms, bitter middle-aged guys in POS cars who resent any vehicle better than theirs, cell-phone yakking BMW pilots, and any other cliché bad driver you can think of, including drunks who still don’t get it after all these years. The roads are a mess with potholes, traffic is monstrous and the weather for half the year is always a gamble. Then we throw in 3 million vehicles a day with drivers trained to a bare minimum and all seething with a “me first” attitude. How many times have you guys watched somebody weave in and out like mad for blocks just to pull even with them at the next red light? These are the ones who should be yanked off the road, IMHO.
Europe has a reputation for having better drivers, better roads, and better cars, but there’s an article in the paper today about a Mercedes test engineer in Germany who is being charged with causing the deaths of a young woman and her child on an unrestricted autobahn when he rode up on her at 250kph and caused her to swerve out of control when he went to pass her on the shoulder. Witnesses say she had no time to move over to let him pass and ended up hitting a stand of trees.