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Old 06-06-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
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I was looking at a very bizarre news piece from Orlando, Florida that made me wonder when is the right time to call it quits. Every so often, we'll see some RVers flying down the road at very elevated speeds. My concern has to do with the licensing laws that dictate when enough is enough. My grandfather was blind in one eye (yes he could see out of the other) and drove until his mid-90s even though no one would get in the car with him. He frequently was ticketed going over 90 MPH but still kept his license. Check out this urban horror show.

FOXNews.com - Elderly Driver Kills Pedestrian, Keeps Going With Body in Windshield - U.S. & World


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Old 06-07-2009, 04:42 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, most states only require an eye test to renew one's license.

It often falls on relatives to intervene before disaster strikes.

My brother and I had to sell dad's car after mom reported several minor incidents like jumping curbs etc. Fortunately no real damage was done.

Dad sure didn't like giving up the car, but it needed to be done.

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:11 AM   #3
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There's been a rash of that type of incident lately in New England. In the last week, I think there were 3 that were newsworthy. By newsworthy I mean there were serious injuries or deaths. There must me hundreds each day we never hear about.
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:03 AM   #4
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Just my opinion... but this is but one of a jillion bizarre stories that occur each day. There are a lot of people on the road today that should not be. Some of them may be OK to be there next week, and many will not. And don't think they are all over a certain age. Many are very young and all ages in between. I don't think there is a law that could be passed that will eliminate all those that should not be on the road, or even come close to really making the road safer.

This means that when your mom or dad has passed that point, it is up to you to step up. I did when I realized my mom couldn't see well enough to know if she was really in the correct lane or not. One drive with her & we took the distributor cap (secretly) off the car to save her life & others. Her car was "broke" for long enough that she decided not to go for renewal as she knew she couldn't pass the eye test and didn't want that embarrassment of the denial.

Now, how do you keep the crazy cousin that is 33 years old off the road that has no business being there??? Personal responsibility, or lack of it, has much to with some of this. Not wanting to give up independence has probably the most for those aging. That behooves us all to have a plan for our later years and hopefully the cognitive ability to be aware of when the time comes to take the steps in the plan.

For those without family to do that, as this person seemed to be, it should fall to the neighbors, community, church, etc to take up the slack. Expecting the "government" to do so unnecessarily burdens the many with unneeded laws. We should be willing to help/assist each other and many laws are totally unnecessary. However putting this in perspective, even if there was no one that took note that this person shouldn't be on the road, this is one of many tragedies that occur every day and although regrettable, things happen that we don't control.

And again, as I said at the start of this, just one person's opinion and I appreciate that all of you are entitled to yours which may differ.
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:21 AM   #5
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:36 PM   #6
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I don't know what the law in DE is today; but, when I was still resident there they had a permanent driver's license! I mean how dumb can you get. When my dad was in his 80s he was still carrying a permanent license with his picture on it of when he was in his young 30s. Duh, other than his race and gender nothing resembled what my dad had looked like 50 years earlier! This is another case of having people who pass laws not having a clue or even worse not caring as to what the results will be, i.e. their LONG range planning is "where should we go to lunch today". Ken....
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Next time you have a pedestrian stuck in your windshield, DO NOT drive thru any toll booths. (I think)

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