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(Telegram)   Man who drove wrong way for 11 miles on Massachusetts Turnpike released without charges after police learn he isn't drunk, only 87   (telegram.com) divider line 99
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2013-03-26 06:01:56 PM  

old_toole: We had a 29 y.o. do the same thing here this morning and killed herself when she ran into the cop car. Made getting to work on I-565 hell. I don't think old age had much to do with it tho' I'm betting being a 29 y.o. drunk had more to do with it. And she didn't get a ticket or her license revoked either because... well you know, she's dead.

/cop was ok


My parents live in Arab. They're both in their 70s and my mom refuses to make the drive to Huntsville unless it's an emergency. Going up and down Brindlee Mt. isn't all that much fun when your reflexes and eyesight aren't what they used to be. Most of her driving the past few years is just the couple miles to church and back.
 
2013-03-26 06:10:55 PM  
It's one thing to stupidly go the wrong way down the exit ramp, but to keep driving like that despite oncoming cars nearly smashing into you every 5 seconds? Seems like willful negligence. How do you even reach that stage of senility and still own a vehicle.
 
2013-03-26 06:13:27 PM  
I cannot go with Conn letting this guy drive when a common truck driver can't pass through the state without gettting harrassed.
 
2013-03-26 06:19:16 PM  
My mom did the ol' brake/gas pedal thing last year.  Drove up thelibrary steps and took out the iron handrail.  Since the library shares its parking lot with the local PD she lost  her license then and there.  Thank god she didn't hurt anyone.
 
2013-03-26 06:24:26 PM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2013-03-26 06:24:27 PM  
Thanks AARP!

Maybe when one of your board members gets killed by a confused senior you will allow legislation to pass that requires the testing of executive function in seniors...

Oh who the hell am I kidding. It will never happen.
 
2013-03-26 06:38:12 PM  
Crap! I was heading the other direction on the pike at the exact same time.

Given that the old fart meant to be driving the same direction I was, I'm not sure how to feel about his antics.
 
2013-03-26 06:46:12 PM  

leevis: My parents live in Arab


That's a place?
 
2013-03-26 06:52:55 PM  
'honey be careful the news says there is a person driving the wrong way down the interstate!'
"a car? hell there are hundreds of 'em!"
 
2013-03-26 07:10:38 PM  
I-95 is by FAR more deadly. The pike is mostly 65mph, and smooth sailing. I-95, on the other hand, is 55mph, lots of curves with low light AND it's torn up. Of course, everyone drives at least 70mph on 95...

/75mph
 
2013-03-26 07:17:44 PM  
The police gave him directions to the nearest Farmer's Market and sent him along his way...
 
2013-03-26 07:20:03 PM  
I see a ban coming on assault-looking old people . . .
 
2013-03-26 07:22:16 PM  
Amateurs Knoxville has had 2 with fatalities in the last week.
 
2013-03-26 07:23:25 PM  
We took my 86 year old mothers keys away about 6 months ago. She was in a newer area living and always getting lost. She was getting out and going up to strangers houses to ask for directions.

I picked her up to take her to a funeral in our hometown, about 20 minutes away, and she pointed to a block of buildings and asked , " Is that The Shrine?" ( our church growing up. Its in RoyOak, MI, if you google it. Her home church for 40+ years. ) It was CVS store.

She biatches about how we stole her keys and car. I am completely ok with saving lives.
 
2013-03-26 07:35:25 PM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: namegoeshere: AFKobel: Gifted Many Few: The Mass Pike is the most dangerous stretch of road in the country. I am surprised someone didn't smash into him on principle.

Is this irony?  Or hyperbole?

The Mass Pike?  Really?   The MOST dangerous stretch of road in the country?  Its 138 miles long, most of it is just normal highway; some of it has 20 miles between exits.

You need to get out more.

THIS a lot. I'd much rather drive the MA Pike all day than the NE extention of the Pennsylvania Turnpike once a year. And don't get me started on the Schuylkill.

Or the Roosevelt Boulevard.


This x1000

/Former Philadelphian, now in DC area
 
2013-03-26 07:36:21 PM  

kimwim: I've been trying to convince my sisters to help me convince my dad to stop driving, he's 84. They are no help. It's going to take an accident or 7 to get him to stop. I fear for someone's life.


Check and see if your state has a program you can use to confidentially report a person's disability to drive.  My grandmother rightfully lost her license after such a report was made and investigated.

/who, me?
 
2013-03-26 07:43:18 PM  
I don't see what charging him is going to do.  The point of disciplining someone is to encourage them to change their ways.  There's really no point in getting him to change his driving habits since he's never going to be allowed to drive again.

Maybe they should suspend the license in their desk drawer.  That'll show him.
 
2013-03-26 07:52:17 PM  
You need to get yourself the new Rover James, the first car designed for old people. 

When driven the wrong way on an expressway it explodes.

www.gtspirit.com
 
2013-03-26 07:57:31 PM  
www.gonzotimes.com

Oh, Magoo, you've done it again.
 
2013-03-26 08:02:43 PM  

Shadow Blasko: Thanks AARP!

Maybe when one of your board members gets killed by a confused senior you will allow legislation to pass that requires the testing of executive function in seniors...

Oh who the hell am I kidding. It will never happen.


Welcome to representative Democracy. Enough biatchy people can get anything they want. Heck we are on the verge of giving felons and aliens the right to vote.
 
2013-03-26 08:46:11 PM  
It's taken me a long time to get there from where I could touch M. Manson. Now I got a card to play - you may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he's got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you. Or I will pay Manson what you think Manson got coming - the music has make Manson into Abraxas Devil, and I'm SURE you would want some of what I got from what I got. It's a far out balance. Beyond good and bad, right, wrong. What you don't do is what I will do - what you did a sing-along, and let it roll and said how you saved me a lot of steps - I don't need, it's not a need or a want. Couped - coup. Ghost dancers slay together and you're just in my grave Sunstroker Corona-coronas-coronae - you seen me from under with it all standing on me. That's 2 dump trucks - doing the same as CMF 000007
 
2013-03-26 08:51:27 PM  

stappawho: [i1131.photobucket.com image 850x566]


Easily wins the thread.
 
2013-03-26 08:54:24 PM  

PapaChester: FTFA: "We moved to have his license revoked immediately," said Trooper Richard Mahoney of the Weston barracks.


Good. You should have cited him as well though. Breaking the law is breaking the law. Ignorance is not an excuse.

/F'in old people.


It's not ignorance. He probably remembers learning to drive better than he remembers anything in the last couple decades. 87 years with "no prior violations or citations on his driving record." And now he's going to lose his license forever for a first-time violation that didn't cause any damage or injury. He probably driving perfectly in his mind.
 
2013-03-26 09:08:44 PM  
What is surprising is that the old guy was out so late. They go to bed at like 6 pm and start their day at 4am
 
2013-03-26 09:09:53 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: AFKobel: Gifted Many Few: The Mass Pike is the most dangerous stretch of road in the country. I am surprised someone didn't smash into him on principle.

Is this irony?  Or hyperbole?

The Mass Pike?  Really?   The MOST dangerous stretch of road in the country?  Its 138 miles long, most of it is just normal highway; some of it has 20 miles between exits.

You need to get out more.

The Mass Pike is rough once you get intown, but outside 128 all the way to the NY state line is easy sailin.  24, 93, 128, and 24 are - by my unscientific estimate - much more dangerous


Anywhere you have people from Mass driving is bad.

No, really, you people suck behind the wheel.  You're third only to NJ and CT, respectively.
 
2013-03-26 09:11:15 PM  
Point of order: I don't think there is a solid definition for "right way" in the whole state.  I think if its paved you're good
 
2013-03-26 09:19:04 PM  

Nem Wan: PapaChester: FTFA: "We moved to have his license revoked immediately," said Trooper Richard Mahoney of the Weston barracks.


Good. You should have cited him as well though. Breaking the law is breaking the law. Ignorance is not an excuse.

/F'in old people.

It's not ignorance. He probably remembers learning to drive better than he remembers anything in the last couple decades. 87 years with "no prior violations or citations on his driving record." And now he's going to lose his license forever for a first-time violation that didn't cause any damage or injury. He was probably driving perfectly in his mind.


His driving was fine. It's his navigation that was a problem.
 
2013-03-26 09:20:42 PM  
Paywall fail
 
2013-03-26 09:41:57 PM  
And everyone's all up at arms about AR15's?
 
2013-03-26 09:55:24 PM  

MrHappyRotter: I didn't read the article, but if this man isn't charged with a crime, then there is no justice.   Why should it matter if you're old rather than drunk?  The crime is the same -- it's just as dangerous to drive the wrong way because you're fark out of your mind on booze as it is because your mind is rotted away by the years. Get him into jail where he might actually be able to get the proper medical care he needs to deal with dementia and at the very least, keep him off the streets.


So you're saying if two people get pulled over for speeding, one sober and one drunk, both of them should go to jail? Same crime right?

Huge difference between some confused old man and someone who intentionally got drunk and drove a car. Impound his car and have him get evaluated by a doctor, but put him in jail? No.
 
2013-03-26 10:14:38 PM  

sheep snorter: //Also really hates it when a bad driver is automatically marked as being a drunk by the brain washed masses.
///32% of deaths on the road are from drunk drivers. The rest are sober. F*CK!!!!  Statistics: How is they manipulated by prohibitionists? Idiots!


Around here the number is less than 32% but that includes people who read anything but 0.00%.  The stats from some US states include the accident in the drunk list if a passenger wasn't sober.

What is the ratio of people driving the wrong way vs the risk of someone getting killed?   I thought it was about 1 in 10 caused a fatality on Interstates.
 
2013-03-26 10:22:40 PM  

MBooda: Gifted Many Few: The Mass Pike is the most dangerous stretch of road in the country.

I didn't know it ran through Louisiana.


Come now, we're only second when it comes to automobile fatalities per capita. Montana still holds number 1 spot. Of course it's Montana so that works out to like three people a year, but still.

/Pretty sure our roads are still rated number one when it comes to neglect and poor upkeep though.
 
2013-03-26 10:50:34 PM  

kimwim: leevis: My parents live in Arab

That's a place?


Yeah, but it's pronounced "AAY-rab."

/When I lived in Lubbock, TX, there would be a geezer driving the wrong way on the highway every other week.  Most exciting thing to happen in that place in a fortnight.
 
2013-03-26 10:56:27 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: AFKobel: Gifted Many Few: The Mass Pike is the most dangerous stretch of road in the country. I am surprised someone didn't smash into him on principle.

Is this irony?  Or hyperbole?

The Mass Pike?  Really?   The MOST dangerous stretch of road in the country?  Its 138 miles long, most of it is just normal highway; some of it has 20 miles between exits.

You need to get out more.

The Mass Pike is rough once you get intown, but outside 128 all the way to the NY state line is easy sailin.  24, 93, 128, and 24 are - by my unscientific estimate - much more dangerous


Rough?  What?   Even when you get "intown", aside from the clusterfark that can happen at tolls (when 8 lanes are converging to 3 (but even that usually happens at the breakneck speed of one mile an hour)) its just a normal, three lane, move right to exit, highway.

Seriously, what are we talking about?

This conversation is ridiculous.
 
2013-03-26 11:31:19 PM  

Fear the Clam: kimwim: leevis: My parents live in Arab

That's a place?

Yeah, but it's pronounced "AAY-rab."


Heh, I was thinking those guys must have more under those robes than I first thought.
 
2013-03-27 12:00:16 AM  

susler: Gifted Many Few: The Mass Pike is the most dangerous stretch of road in the country. I am surprised someone didn't smash into him on principle.

It's not even in the top 10.  I93 through MASS is more dangerous.  Article is from US News.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/05/31/deadliest-highways- ra nking-the-100-interstates-most-likely-to-cause-a-fatal-crash.html


I95, Florida.

We're Number 1! We're Number 1!

/Helps that it's almost 400 miles long
 
2013-03-27 12:07:01 AM  

archichris: You need to get yourself the new Rover James, the first car designed for old people.

When driven the wrong way on an expressway it explodes.

[www.gtspirit.com image 640x359]


Please tell me that's some sort of pilot car.
 
2013-03-27 12:40:21 AM  
tripleseven

"Anywhere you have people from Mass driving is bad.
No, really, you people suck behind the wheel.  You're third only to NJ and CT, respectively."

NY/NJ/CT are tied for first place douchiness. They love to sit in the left lane as car after car blows by them on the right, blissfully unconscious.Us Massholes tend to figure things out a bit faster.

/love to stereotype entire states.
 
2013-03-27 12:41:04 AM  

Nidiot: Fear the Clam: kimwim: leevis: My parents live in Arab

That's a place?

Yeah, but it's pronounced "AAY-rab."

Heh, I was thinking those guys must have more under those robes than I first thought.


while visiting my granma, she woke me up in the middle of the night to go to some friends shelter during a tornado watch.
Yup...A-rab Alabama.
They eventually got that killer twister.
 
2013-03-27 01:20:43 AM  
The other day I had my 75 year old mother drive me to pick up my car at the shop (I bought her a house only 200 yards away from mine) & I'm wondering how much longer before I take her keys away.

Good thing we live in a semi-rural area,not much traffic,I don't let her drive into the big town.
Dunno what I'll do with her car,'07 Caliber with 17k miles in perfect shape,but what a POS.
 
2013-03-27 02:33:00 AM  
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Weeeee!
 
2013-03-27 03:08:11 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Destination:
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Hey, don't malign the Barrel.  When I was in college I used to celebrate finishing a morning midterm early by going there for a late breakfast with friends.

God I miss biscuits and red-eye gravy with sausages.
 
2013-03-27 06:15:16 AM  

wambu: I see a ban coming on assault-looking old people . . .


I have a permit to carry a concealed gran, because you never know when some nutter's gonna whip out an old fuddy duddy and you'll have to defend yourself.
 
2013-03-27 07:06:37 AM  

Sudlow: tripleseven

"Anywhere you have people from Mass driving is bad.
No, really, you people suck behind the wheel.  You're third only to NJ and CT, respectively."

NY/NJ/CT are tied for first place douchiness. They love to sit in the left lane as car after car blows by them on the right, blissfully unconscious.Us Massholes tend to figure things out a bit faster.

/love to stereotype entire states.


Yes, but Massholes do enjoy trolling the fark out of out of state drivers. IE "THICKLY SETTLED".
 
2013-03-27 08:13:03 AM  

Frantic Freddie: The other day I had my 75 year old mother drive me to pick up my car at the shop (I bought her a house only 200 yards away from mine) & I'm wondering how much longer before I take her keys away.

Good thing we live in a semi-rural area,not much traffic,I don't let her drive into the big town.
Dunno what I'll do with her car,'07 Caliber with 17k miles in perfect shape,but what a POS.


Through my mother, I know of people in their 80s and at least one in her 90s who still drives.
 
2013-03-27 11:07:32 AM  

ReapTheChaos: So you're saying if two people get pulled over for speeding, one sober and one drunk, both of them should go to jail? Same crime right?


NO, the drunk one committed two crimes.

It's not against the law to be old, but it is against the law to endanger others through your negligence. You should not get a pass on negligence simply because of your age.
 
2013-03-27 01:50:50 PM  

wambu: ReapTheChaos: So you're saying if two people get pulled over for speeding, one sober and one drunk, both of them should go to jail? Same crime right?

NO, the drunk one committed two crimes.

It's not against the law to be old, but it is against the law to endanger others through your negligence. You should not get a pass on negligence simply because of your age.


That was the point I was making, try reading for comprehension.
 
2013-03-27 03:28:23 PM  
Has anyone driven the Ortega Highway (CA-74) between Elsinore and OC? That is a dangerous, windy mountain road, especially before it was renovated.
 
2013-03-27 04:55:25 PM  

ReapTheChaos: That was the point I was making, try reading for comprehension.


I suppose I could do that if I cared to. You on the other hand, could never be less of an asshat no matter how hard you tried.
 
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