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post #1 of 16 Old 10-10-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Blind driver kills motorcyclist

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Gettin' old ain't for sissies.

Defensive driving! It's tough out there.

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Well, that's just a needless tragedy...

In Canada, 2 years minimum security means he will like have better care and more freedom than if he was admitted into an old folks home.
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A lot of old geezers refuse to accept their frailty. Also the inevitability of going stupid with a number of age related issues.
The fact that he hadn't been legal for 15 years means he care not at all about anyone but himself. Sorry old bugger should be in jail until the woman can come back....forever!
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An example of where laws, or more laws, have no effect on people who refuse to follow them.

A simple call to report him would have prevented this tragedy.

And for us... don't pass someone if there's a potential LEFT TURN risk!
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Most people comply with the law to the degree that they are forced to, or perceive that they are forced to. Locally traffic enforcement is non-existent. So you can see just about every traffic violation imaginable in a half-hour on the road. Recently had a spate of folks driving the wrong way on a highway or Interstate, and not intoxicated.

I understand that many European countries actually take driving tests seriously. Locally, if you have a pulse, and can see lightning, welcome to the roads. And, of course, perhaps 30% of drivers don't even have licenses (or insurance, likely), judging from the number of accident reports where the driver either has no license, or the license is suspended.

But the LEO's live in deathly fear of being branded racist if the numbers don't work out on traffic stops, so prefer not to do them.
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I understand that many European countries actually take driving tests seriously.
No one is safe over there either. You have Americans driving down the wrong side of the road.
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My mother is 97, drives a 1986 Crown Victoria, usually at about 28 MPH. She accelerates until she hits that, than slams on the brakes because the car is "running away with her". I have talked with our state DMV three times since she was 92, and the WSP once. They all say that unless she has a series of accidents or kills someone then they have no cause to take away her license. I asked a couple of years ago if they could somehow flag her for requiring a physical driving test, again was told "No", not unless she has a "history". Washington is another state that gives a license to anyone with the a pulse who can pay the fee.



Watch out for a baby-blue Vic with a dark blue vinyl top.
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My mother is 97, drives a 1986 Crown Victoria, usually at about 28 MPH. She accelerates until she hits that, than slams on the brakes because the car is "running away with her". I have talked with our state DMV three times since she was 92, and the WSP once. They all say that unless she has a series of accidents or kills someone then they have no cause to take away her license. I asked a couple of years ago if they could somehow flag her for requiring a physical driving test, again was told "No", not unless she has a "history". Washington is another state that gives a license to anyone with the a pulse who can pay the fee.



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Yikes!

I convinced my father (who passed recently) to relinquish his license 5 years ago when he was 76. His vision and motor reflexes simply weren't sufficient and the risks were too high. It wasn't a difficult conversation, like I expected.

If mom shows improvements over the next couple of months, with the reduction in stress of caring for dad, I'll pause that conversation for a later date with her. It's a fine balance between keeping their independence and risks to others.
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My mother is 97, drives a 1986 Crown Victoria, usually at about 28 MPH. She accelerates until she hits that, than slams on the brakes because the car is "running away with her". I have talked with our state DMV three times since she was 92, and the WSP once. They all say that unless she has a series of accidents or kills someone then they have no cause to take away her license. I asked a couple of years ago if they could somehow flag her for requiring a physical driving test, again was told "No", not unless she has a "history". Washington is another state that gives a license to anyone with the a pulse who can pay the fee.

Watch out for a baby-blue Vic with a dark blue vinyl top.
Unfortunately, at some point the responsibility falls to you to confiscate the car and car keys.

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