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Elderly driversí risk not clear-cut
Chicago Tribune ^ | April 3, 2010 | Erika Slife and Bonnie Miller Rubin

Posted on 04/05/2010 7:30:38 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Elderly drivers’ risk not clear-cut

The debate about when to take the keys away from the elderly flared up again when 86-year-old driver struck three teenage Chicago cyclists on March 24

By Erika Slife and Bonnie Miller Rubin, Tribune reporters

April 3, 2010

Alice Topping was in her convertible, soaking in one of fall's last nice days, when she came to a four-way stop in her Evanston neighborhood just as another car approached.

Assuming the other driver would stop at the sign, she began to drive through the intersection when she felt a hard crash.

"Look what you've done to my car!" the elderly driver cried as he got out of his vehicle. But as the drivers inspected the damage — her right rear side, his front — it was evident who was responsible, Topping said.

"It finally clicked in with him that he had hit my car," she said.

The memory of the 2009 crash came flooding back to Topping on March 24 after she heard that 17-year-old Faith Dremmer, a friend, had been killed when an 86-year-old driver veered across the center line, plowing into her as she biked in southern Illinois with two University of Chicago Laboratory School friends.

It made Topping and countless others wonder: Is enough being done to protect motorists from seniors who shouldn't be driving? When is it time to take the keys away?

"NO ONE over the age of 70 should be permitted to operate a motor vehicle. Period," one outraged reader opined online.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: accidents; drivers; license; old
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With Obama death panels anyone over age 70 won't be around anyway.
1 posted on 04/05/2010 7:30:38 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Can’t wait to see how this thread evolves ... me, I’m all for removing geezer access to the keys once they demonstrate that they can’t see over the dashboard.


2 posted on 04/05/2010 7:32:40 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Yes, Chef!)
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To: KeyLargo

Assuming the other driver would stop at the sign, she began to drive through the intersection when she felt a hard crash

Mistake #1 Never Assume the other driver will stop.


3 posted on 04/05/2010 7:33:12 AM PDT by bikerman (Impeachment ! Has a nice ring to it dont you think?)
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To: KeyLargo
And a 17 year old girl drove her car into a stopped car at a stoplight while she was texting her BFF. ALL 17 girls should not drive.

4 posted on 04/05/2010 7:34:44 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: KeyLargo
It made Topping and countless others wonder: Is enough being done to protect motorists from seniors who shouldn't be driving? When is it time to take the keys away?

Is enough being done to protect motorists from teenagers and anyone using cell phones, eating or doing one's hair, who shouldn't be driving? When is it time to take the keys away?

OTOH, when do we begin to use our brains?

5 posted on 04/05/2010 7:35:46 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: KeyLargo

I’m more concerned with braindead mushheads like Jack Murtha, Teddy Kennedy, and Robert Byrd dictating our legislation when they (A) don’t even comprehend what they are voting on and (B) they won’t be alive long enough to have to live under it.


6 posted on 04/05/2010 7:37:55 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: KeyLargo

What demographic has the highest death rate in motor vehicle crashes. My 21 year old grandson has already lost 3 of his HS classmates to auto crashes and every one involved speeding...


7 posted on 04/05/2010 7:38:48 AM PDT by tubebender (You're never too old to have a happy childhood...)
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To: Xenalyte

Two words.. The Villages. Two more words.. Goft carts.


8 posted on 04/05/2010 7:38:54 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: Xenalyte
I will agree elderly drivers should be evaluated every couple of years or so to determine if they they can still drive. My 83 year old grandmother still drives but really shouldn't, she doesn't know what day of the week it is sometimes.
However there are plenty of older people that still have no problems.
9 posted on 04/05/2010 7:39:32 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Xenalyte

Golf carts, too


10 posted on 04/05/2010 7:39:43 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (Give me Liberty.. or I'll get up and get it for myself!)
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To: Xenalyte

"Can’t wait to see how this thread evolves ... me, I’m all for removing geezer access to the keys once they demonstrate that they can’t see over the dashboard."

11 posted on 04/05/2010 7:39:45 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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It’s a skills issue and faculties issue. Apply the same rules you would for your licensed physician, dentist, etc. and the answer is clear. If you don’t have what it takes you shouldn’t be licensed, that is the PURPOSE of licensing, a demonstration of competency for a task.


12 posted on 04/05/2010 7:41:28 AM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: bikerman

13 posted on 04/05/2010 7:41:32 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: RockyMtnMan

14 posted on 04/05/2010 7:43:15 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: bikerman

I was in a bad accident last Monday (everyone okay, thank the Lord! Car a disaster, though). I was driving along, doing the speed limit, a woman shot out of an intersection without looking (even though she had been sitting there stopped. As I passed, she accelerated. “I didn’t see you,” she said. I couldn’t help but wonder: How could you not see me when I was passing directly in front of you!!!??? Cop did not give her a ticket!!!!!! Just said to her, “Hey, don’t worry about it, this stuff happens.” If I hadn’t zig-zagged when I saw she was coming right at me, I would have been seriously injured).

Watch out for the other guy.


15 posted on 04/05/2010 7:43:31 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: KeyLargo

As an elderly man was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang.

Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Route 280. Please be careful!”

“It’s not just one car,” said Herman, “I’m on Route 280 and there’s hundreds of them!”


16 posted on 04/05/2010 7:46:04 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: freepertoo

405, The Movie

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/62671/603711


17 posted on 04/05/2010 7:46:09 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: a fool in paradise
I’m more concerned with braindead mushheads like Jack Murtha, Teddy Kennedy, and Robert Byrd

They are all three dead. Only one of them is too stupid to know it yet.

18 posted on 04/05/2010 7:47:19 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Xenalyte

405, The Movie

http://video.yahoo.com/watch/62671/603711


19 posted on 04/05/2010 7:48:25 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

I think all drivers should probably be retested on a regular basis, maybe when their driver’s license comes up for renewal every 5 years or whatever. For drivers over a certain age, maybe license renewals and retests should come more often. There are elderly drivers on the road who just haven’t got what it takes to drive safely any more - but they’re hardly the only ones. Lot’s of younger licensed drivers never really had what it took in the first place.


20 posted on 04/05/2010 7:50:46 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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