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(The Morning Call)   A walker may have saved a 90-year-old man's life after his wife pulled the ol' "I confused the brake pedal with the gas pedal" trick   (mcall.com) divider line 77
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2010-04-07 09:57:09 AM  
is there anything chuck norris can't do?
 
2010-04-07 10:17:38 AM  
www.ontomax.com

"Glad to be of service, citizen!"
 
2010-04-07 11:02:21 AM  
"she left the driver's-side door open and it clipped the garage frame."

"put the car in drive, police said, then mistook the brake for the gas, sped forward and knocked down her 90-year-old husband"

And this woman still has a license?

Oh, and "'There but for the grace of God a metal walker,'''
 
2010-04-07 11:03:14 AM  
DjangoStonereaver: "Glad to be of service, citizen!"

Came here for this ...

/I came
 
2010-04-07 11:04:53 AM  
Let me guess...it was another defective Toyota?
 
2010-04-07 11:05:21 AM  
FTA "About once a month, Bethlehem police respond to a call of an elderly driver who mistakes the brake pedal for the gas pedal" Sounds like they should have mandatory drivers tests after a certain age. I'm not sure what age but looking at accident reports should narrow it down. This happened near here and the old lady killed a person at an outdoor church function.
 
2010-04-07 11:06:22 AM  
Make old people drive manual transmission equipped vehicles.
 
2010-04-07 11:08:58 AM  
Chuck Norris doesn't just save the day, he collects interest.

upload.wikimedia.org

/hot
 
2010-04-07 11:11:04 AM  
img213.imageshack.us

The walker in question?
 
2010-04-07 11:14:14 AM  
canyoneer: Let me guess...it was another defective Toyota?

Call the lawyers! Another candidate for the class action suite.
 
2010-04-07 11:14:47 AM  
There should be annual driving tests for people over the age of 65 since they lose their eyesight and then shiat like this happens.

They also need to have better eye tests, like switch them out after every person. My grandma and her friends are notorious for sending in someone with good eye sight and having them memorize the chart. Then they all go in and repeat what their friend said and get their licenses. The system is broken.

I'd even volunteer for driving test every four years until 65 and then one every year afterwards. I'm not a bad driver so I have nothing to worry about.
 
2010-04-07 11:16:45 AM  
canyoneer: Let me guess...it was another defective Toyota?

I'm guessing that it wasn't. Instead of "pressed gas pedal instead of brake pedal" they would've said "ZOMG!!!! Defective Toyota!!! I pushed the brake pedal as hard as I could, used the emergency brake turned it off, put it in neutral and dropped an anchor out the window but the thing just went crazy!!! We haven't decided how much we will sue Toyota for yet."

So, yeah, I'm guessing, not a Toyota.
 
2010-04-07 11:21:00 AM  
Mishno: canyoneer: Let me guess...it was another defective Toyota?

Call the lawyers! Another candidate for the class action suite.


Is that the one with the living room and full kitchen?
 
2010-04-07 11:26:05 AM  
About once a month, Bethlehem police respond to a call of an elderly driver who mistakes the brake pedal for the gas pedal, Kravatz said.

My company has a branch office in Lehigh Valley, so I'm really getting a kick out of ...

/SCREEEEEECH
//THUD
 
2010-04-07 11:27:43 AM  
Driving in California:
Westminster
Laguna Woods
ANY town out near Palm Springs

In the words of Dennis Miller. If you can remember when there weren't any cars you should not be driving. I saw this ancient woman in Palm Desert with a walker AND a wheelchair in the store. She was being helped into her car TO DRIVE. She was too old to be a passenger.
 
2010-04-07 11:33:14 AM  
Is their kitchen in the garage?
 
2010-04-07 11:37:41 AM  
Mandatory driver tests every two years at 68. At 76, yearly. A diagnosis which would affect cognizance would require driver test every six months regardless of age.
 
2010-04-07 11:38:16 AM  
NOT MY PATIENT!
Yay.
 
2010-04-07 11:41:18 AM  
zamboni: Mishno: canyoneer: Let me guess...it was another defective Toyota?

Call the lawyers! Another candidate for the class action suite.

Is that the one with the living room and full kitchen?


Yes, it is; I'm banging your mom in the bedroom.

/suit
 
2010-04-07 11:44:20 AM  
hailin: There should be annual driving tests for people over the age of 65 since they lose their eyesight and then shiat like this happens.

They also need to have better eye tests, like switch them out after every person. My grandma and her friends are notorious for sending in someone with good eye sight and having them memorize the chart. Then they all go in and repeat what their friend said and get their licenses. The system is broken.

I'd even volunteer for driving test every four years until 65 and then one every year afterwards. I'm not a bad driver so I have nothing to worry about.


this.
 
2010-04-07 11:44:58 AM  
OMG, WUZ IT A TAYOTA?! WTF BBQ!
 
2010-04-07 11:46:34 AM  
About once a month, Bethlehem police respond to a call of an elderly driver who mistakes the brake pedal for the gas pedal, Kravatz said.

Abner! C'mmere! There's something funny going on at the Stevenses again!
 
2010-04-07 11:53:09 AM  
So god is a metal walker?
 
2010-04-07 11:58:31 AM  
Khanmots: So god is a metal walker?

I came here to say this.

ME: Of course God has no control over getting his ass run over in the first place, but he saved this guy with his magic.

Bible thumper: But God sets up these things as a test.

ME: so basically he sets up situations where people's lives are threatened, then can save them, so he appears to be some sort of benevolent creator in the eyes of mere mortals?
 
2010-04-07 11:58:47 AM  
pxlboy: hailin: There should be annual driving tests for people over the age of 65 since they lose their eyesight and then shiat like this happens.

They also need to have better eye tests, like switch them out after every person. My grandma and her friends are notorious for sending in someone with good eye sight and having them memorize the chart. Then they all go in and repeat what their friend said and get their licenses. The system is broken.

I'd even volunteer for driving test every four years until 65 and then one every year afterwards. I'm not a bad driver so I have nothing to worry about.

this.


This will happen when the elderly stop voting en masse, i.e. never
 
2010-04-07 12:04:45 PM  
Mayor Bee: About once a month, Bethlehem police respond to a call of an elderly driver who mistakes the brake pedal for the gas pedal, Kravatz said.

Abner! C'mmere! There's something funny going on at the Stevenses again!


Fercrissakes Gladys, how many times have I told you to stop staring out the window? It's pointless to call me. You know that by the time I put down my paper that I never seem to finish and walk across the room, whatever it is you were looking at will be gone. Then, I'll threaten to put you in a home, or medicate you. It happens every episode that we're in. Were just pawns in this game, like Larry Tate or Dr. Bellows on the other show. So, just sit the fark down and do whatever women in the sixties do to waste time.
 
2010-04-07 12:14:40 PM  
hailin: There should be annual driving tests for people over the age of 65 since they lose their eyesight and then shiat like this happens.

WhoGAS: Mandatory driver tests every two years at 68. At 76, yearly. A diagnosis which would affect cognizance would require driver test every six months regardless of age.


I don't disagree about testing for older drivers. But in Fark threads about how bad older drivers are, it helps to keep in perspective that teenage drivers are even worse. If we mandate special testing or requirements for seniors out of concern for public safety, then we should also mandate special testing and requirements for anyone under 25.
 
2010-04-07 12:19:56 PM  
TAKE THE STUPID biatch'S LICENSE BEFORE SHE ACTUALLY KILLS SOMEONE!

D.W.O. wheres the outrage?

/Driving While Old - our new national nightmare.
 
2010-04-07 12:23:32 PM  
lowrez: Make old people drive manual transmission equipped vehicles.

Right. Then we'll be reading about them mistaking reverse for 1st.

/hell, I've done that before.
//not old.
 
2010-04-07 12:23:38 PM  
D.W.A.

Driving while Ancient.
 
2010-04-07 12:27:45 PM  
ThrobblefootSpectre: I don't disagree about testing for older drivers. But in Fark threads about how bad older drivers are, it helps to keep in perspective that teenage drivers are even worse. If we mandate special testing or requirements for seniors out of concern for public safety, then we should also mandate special testing and requirements for anyone under 25.

In our state teenagers require yearly tests until they are 18. Also, until they are 17 they cannot have anybody under the age of 18 in their vehicle while they drive and at 17 they can have one other person under 18 in their vehicle. The fines are like $300-$400 per offense. The cops around here enforce it pretty heavily too, enough that a teen wrote to our local newspaper saying how his rights were being violated. Since the laws have only been around a year or so I couldn't tell you if it is working, but I noticed less teenage crash deaths in the paper.

I wouldn't mind all citizens having to retake the driving test at least every 4 years. As it is, if you renew before your expiration date you never have to take the test again. There are some farktards I would like to see off the road and I guarantee they can't parallel park. Unfortunately, in place like my town, we don't have a good enough public transportation system to accommodate those people who lose their licenses. Maybe that would be incentive to not be worthless anymore.
 
2010-04-07 12:42:24 PM  
hailin: I wouldn't mind all citizens having to retake the driving test at least every 4 years.

Completely agree with this.

I think it's funny how worked up people get over gun control when the number gunshot homicides is dwarfed by the number of traffic fatalities. If you're really concerned about people's safety, then tighten the restrictions on driving. Worry about the huge problems first, before focusing on minor things like guns. Statistically, I'm far more likely to get killed by a careless driver on my way to work in the morning, than I am to get shot to death.
 
2010-04-07 12:44:27 PM  
ThrobblefootSpectre: hailin: I wouldn't mind all citizens having to retake the driving test at least every 4 years.

Completely agree with this.

I think it's funny how worked up people get over gun control when the number gunshot homicides is dwarfed by the number of traffic fatalities. If you're really concerned about people's safety, then tighten the restrictions on driving. Worry about the huge problems first, before focusing on minor things like guns. Statistically, I'm far more likely to get killed by a careless driver on my way to work in the morning, than I am to get shot to death.


Headline in tomorrow's paper:
"ThrobblefootSpectre shot to death by careless driver"
 
2010-04-07 12:46:57 PM  
Bethlehem police were in a funeral motorcade when the call came in for assistance. Kravatz said the call may have been one of the first in 25 years to divert police from a funeral.

There's a potential fark headline there... the way the mods have been double green lighting lately, look for it around 5pm (Eastern) today
 
2010-04-07 12:47:44 PM  
hobnail: lowrez: Make old people drive manual transmission equipped vehicles.

Right. Then we'll be reading about them mistaking reverse for 1st.

/hell, I've done that before.
//not old.


Volkswagen I am guessing? Most other cars have R on the other side. Even my VWs I had to push the stick in to get it in reverse. Usually there is some method to keep this from happening on accident too easily.
 
2010-04-07 12:58:05 PM  
hailin: The cops around here enforce it pretty heavily too, enough that a teen wrote to our local newspaper saying how his rights were being violated.

BOO HOO, someone needs to tell this punk that driving is not a right, it's a privilege.
 
2010-04-07 12:59:32 PM  
And yet, despite the walker "saving his life" he is almost certainly doomed to the rest of his years within the confines of a nursing home, or with 24 hr care, as his injuries will likely leave him in a completely dependent state. Broken legs and hips are bad news for old folks.
 
2010-04-07 01:04:55 PM  
grinding_journalist: And yet, despite the walker "saving his life" he is almost certainly doomed to the rest of his years within the confines of a nursing home, or with 24 hr care, as his injuries will likely leave him in a completely dependent state. Broken legs and hips are bad news for old folks.

Too late, he's already dead. I missed this article, but I did see the followup. He died this morning.

Sucks she basically killed her husband, but yeah, mandatory license retesting for seniors anyone?
 
2010-04-07 01:08:24 PM  
You know, when you're driving in and out of the garage, you should press gently on the gas or brake. Stomping on it is a clear sign that you should trade your license for a bus pass.
 
2010-04-07 01:08:26 PM  
KingKauff: "ThrobblefootSpectre shot to death by careless driver"

See? That's exactly what I'm talking about. Damn careless drivers.
 
2010-04-07 01:09:26 PM  
lilacjive: grinding_journalist: And yet, despite the walker "saving his life" he is almost certainly doomed to the rest of his years within the confines of a nursing home, or with 24 hr care, as his injuries will likely leave him in a completely dependent state. Broken legs and hips are bad news for old folks.

Too late, he's already dead. I missed this article, but I did see the followup. He died this morning.

Sucks she basically killed her husband, but yeah, mandatory license retesting for seniors anyone?


Yup, there is a link to the follow up that the old guy died.
By the way, is it really 82 degrees there?
Is that Atlanta?
NICE
 
2010-04-07 01:10:18 PM  
austin_millbarge: BOO HOO, someone needs to tell this punk that driving is not a right, it's a privilege.

Yeah, pretty much what everyone in the comment section told him...except not as nicely. The only ones that came to his defense were other teens. It was pretty hilarious.
 
2010-04-07 01:12:58 PM  
playdate: lilacjive: grinding_journalist: And yet, despite the walker "saving his life" he is almost certainly doomed to the rest of his years within the confines of a nursing home, or with 24 hr care, as his injuries will likely leave him in a completely dependent state. Broken legs and hips are bad news for old folks.

Too late, he's already dead. I missed this article, but I did see the followup. He died this morning.

Sucks she basically killed her husband, but yeah, mandatory license retesting for seniors anyone?

Yup, there is a link to the follow up that the old guy died.
By the way, is it really 82 degrees there?
Is that Atlanta?
NICE


Yup. I'm actually farking pissed about it. I was hoping to have a nice month where I didn't have to turn on the AC or heat. Finally yesterday I broke down and turned the AC on since it was 82 degrees in my room. It hit 90 yesterday. Only in PA does the temperature vary 120 degrees throughout the year.

/well maybe not only
//still sucks though
 
2010-04-07 01:35:06 PM  
Did he have a lot of life insurance? Maybe she didn't confuse a thing.
 
2010-04-07 01:39:14 PM  
DjangoStonereaver: "Glad to be of service, citizen!"

You sir are awesome.
 
2010-04-07 01:44:38 PM  
WhoGAS: Mandatory driver tests every two years at 68. At 76, yearly. A diagnosis which would affect cognizance would require driver test every six months regardless of age.

Given your spelling we should start you early.
 
2010-04-07 01:45:25 PM  
Update: more dying, less saving

Link (new window)

/can we all go back to manual transmissions now?
 
2010-04-07 01:50:21 PM  
I treat cars and other large moving machinery like loaded guns. I don't stand in their path, no matter which direction it is going or if I think the driver knows what they are doing.
 
2010-04-07 01:50:45 PM  
APE992: Given your spelling we should start you early.

I'm sorry, you're right, I forgot the 'S' after the test.
 
2010-04-07 01:51:33 PM  
austin_millbarge: hailin: The cops around here enforce it pretty heavily too, enough that a teen wrote to our local newspaper saying how his rights were being violated.

BOO HOO, someone needs to tell this punk that driving is not a right, it's a privilege.


fail
 
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