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Old 05-16-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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Motorhome Driver Reportedly Falls Asleep, Crashes Into Railing Near Vina

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Motorhome driver reportedly falls asleep, crashes into railing near Vina

Vina -- A 70-year-old man reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of a motorhome Thursday before he hit a metal rail at a railroad crossing on South Avenue at Rowles Road, causing his attached car trailer to veer into the path of an oncoming vehicle, which struck the trailer, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
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Glad he was not seriously injured!
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Have you noticed that the media headlines for these type of incidences always starts with the age of the driver but only if their over 70. Have you seen any that started with "A 26 year old driver fell asleep ....." It's like were expected to be feeble and near dead or something.
Our prayers go out to both families and are so glad that no one was seriously hurt.
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Have you noticed that the media headlines for these type of incidences always starts with the age of the driver but only if their over 70.
I think it has to do with training and experience when they are developing their careers. Some how it's almost like fishing. If the fish doesn't bite the worm with the 1st nibble, it's just going to be another fish story.

I'm not sure if there is an age break BTW because I know that many of us have had those afternoon yawns as we're covering those hundreds of repetitive miles. Even professional drivers fall asleep at the wheel it would seem with disastrous results. If we can individually recognize that it's happening and do something about it, that would be a good thing. I think a number of drivers however just want to close the distance and get off the road so you get those unfortunately that nod.

... and then there's always those medical reasons which can be as bad as narcolepsy to any number of other factors.
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Have you noticed that the media headlines for these type of incidences always starts with the age of the driver but only if their over 70. Have you seen any that started with "A 26 year old driver fell asleep ....." It's like were expected to be feeble and near dead or something.

Yep, I've noticed that too. The media's unfair profiling and stereotyping of us "older folks" is frustrating. Exactly as you pointed out, if a lady in her sixties crashes through a storefront, the media without fail will preface the story with reference to her age. Is the intended suggestion supposed to be "old" people should not be driving?

Last week near where I live, a fellow drove, at high speed into a liquor store front. Nary a mention of his age, therefore I presume the media reporter did not consider his age to be newsworthy. They did mention that he had an odor of alcohol when the police arrested him. 😱
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I can't wait for the same technology in development for driverless cars to make it into RVs.

I'll be 120 years old and just get into the RV, tell it to drive itself to the Grand Canyon while I go take a nap!



P.S. Note to self. Also tell it to stop in the parking lot at the Grand Canyon. No need to drive ALL THE WAY in ...
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I can't wait for the same technology in development for driverless cars to make it into RVs.

I'll be 120 years old and just get into the RV, tell it to drive itself to the Grand Canyon while I go take a nap!



P.S. Note to self. Also tell it to stop in the parking lot at the Grand Canyon. No need to drive ALL THE WAY in ...
If it drives all the way in, the headlines will surely reference your age.
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I can't wait for the same technology in development for driverless cars to make it into RVs.

Back in the fifties when I first started reading Popular Mechanics there would be the typical "car of the future" articles. The prediction then was that by the 21st century all cars would have autopilots. Yeah, right !! I'm still waiting. The idyllic illustrations in the magazines showed families (including driver) riding in a car blissfully chatting and playing cards, or whatever.
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I can't wait for the same technology in development for driverless cars to make it into RVs.

I'll be 120 years old and just get into the RV, tell it to drive itself to the Grand Canyon while I go take a nap!



P.S. Note to self. Also tell it to stop in the parking lot at the Grand Canyon. No need to drive ALL THE WAY in ...
Yeah! And the problem is when it is on voice control and you say, "Take me home," and forget to get in the vehicle.
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It would be quite interesting to know the percentage of RV crashes per 1,000 registered, compared to automobiles.
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I was intrigued by the accident time of 8:30am.

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I was intrigued by the accident time of 8:30am.

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You might be onto something there. Could be that the chap had been driving all night.
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The Press always likes to sensationalize all of their stories. Thank goodness the poor guy wasn't carrying a gun .
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Have you noticed that the media headlines for these type of incidences always starts with the age of the driver but only if their over 70. Have you seen any that started with "A 26 year old driver fell asleep ....." It's like were expected to be feeble and near dead or something. Our prayers go out to both families and are so glad that no one was seriously hurt.
Yes, I have noticed that about almost all people. The media seems to start with or have some type of stereotype in the story.

Older person, age is listed first
Young male person, Police are investigating if there was alcohol involved
Young female person, texting may have been a factor in the accident
Caucasian male crime, drugs may be a factor in the crime
African American male, gang related

The list goes on.

These words of something similar are added to the story with no bases other than for filler or to sensationalize the story. I miss the days of old when a story was reported with fact and to the point. Today, some news stories have mis-information is released then retracted later. The news stations want to be the first to report something.

Stepping off my observation box....
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