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(Philly Burbs)   Senile 81-year-old tells cops he went to the mall, but can't remember when or where along the way he hit a pedestrian. Cops ask anyone recently run down by a light blue Taurus to get in touch   (phillyburbs.com) divider line 8
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2012-10-11 10:23:43 AM
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I love how "they'll take him for a drive to see if anything jogs his memory."

If I had been driving erratically, my car had evidence of me hitting a pedestrian (like, I dunno, BLOOD on my car), and I claimed I "may" have hit something "but couldn't recall what or when or where", I'd be in jail for leaving the scene of an accident, and possibly vehicular manslaughter.

I'm getting really sick of old drivers getting a pass because "they're old". You don't have to throw them in jail but for the love of god take his license away forever. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say that this person IS NOT a danger to others on and off the road. Sickening.
2012-10-11 12:31:20 PM
2 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


I'm willing to do this now....it's not me you need to convince. You need to talk every politician into not taking money (or ignoring) the AARP aka one of the strongest lobbying bodies in the country.  You know...not because it's true but because it discriminates.

/I say you start testing every 5 years at 50, every 2 years at 60, and every year at 70.
2012-10-11 01:06:56 PM
1 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


Some 90 year old people can do just fine. Other 60 year old people are completely incompetent.
I agree regular testing is needed, though.
2012-10-11 12:38:35 PM
1 votes:

The My Little Pony Killer: What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.


At some point we're going to have to admit that investment in public transportation is more humane than consigning people above a certain age to shut-in status.
2012-10-11 12:11:46 PM
1 votes:
What the hell is an 81 year old doing behind the wheel of a vehicle anyway? At some point, we're going to have to admit that mandatory yearly testing after a certain age is a good idea.
2012-10-11 10:50:28 AM
1 votes:

grinding_journalist: I love how "they'll take him for a drive to see if anything jogs his memory."

If I had been driving erratically, my car had evidence of me hitting a pedestrian (like, I dunno, BLOOD on my car), and I claimed I "may" have hit something "but couldn't recall what or when or where", I'd be in jail for leaving the scene of an accident, and possibly vehicular manslaughter.

I'm getting really sick of old drivers getting a pass because "they're old". You don't have to throw them in jail but for the love of god take his license away forever. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say that this person IS NOT a danger to others on and off the road. Sickening.


I agree with this one thousand percent. One hundred percent agreement in light of the given incident would be for the weakly committed.
2012-10-11 10:43:44 AM
1 votes:

you have pee hands: I don't think they were giving him a pass so much as trying to find an injured person on the roadside before they bled to death.


So the incident happened, was discovered by police, reports written up, tests on the hair done, and the newspaper story written and posted and they still haven't done that? Something tells me the person he hit isn't still going to be where he hit them, unless they're dead, in which case there's no need to hurry.
2012-10-11 10:34:45 AM
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grinding_journalist: I love how "they'll take him for a drive to see if anything jogs his memory."

If I had been driving erratically, my car had evidence of me hitting a pedestrian (like, I dunno, BLOOD on my car), and I claimed I "may" have hit something "but couldn't recall what or when or where", I'd be in jail for leaving the scene of an accident, and possibly vehicular manslaughter.

I'm getting really sick of old drivers getting a pass because "they're old". You don't have to throw them in jail but for the love of god take his license away forever. You ABSOLUTELY CANNOT say that this person IS NOT a danger to others on and off the road. Sickening.


I don't think they were giving him a pass so much as trying to find an injured person on the roadside before they bled to death.
 
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