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Senior citizens

March 24, 2014

When are they going to wise up and start testing older drivers? In Jersey Shore, going the wrong way, killing himself and injuring three others in another car....

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spike2

Mar-26-14 10:47 AM

Why do we pay higher premiums for under 25's, more likely to have accidents. Perhaps we should do the same with seniors. I know the immediate reaction is Seniors can't afford more cost, but maybe we should look a this after the 80th birthday.

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spike2

Mar-26-14 10:39 AM

The problem is those who refuse to stop, have an excuse to not stop, children and family who won't take action and Dr.'s who refuse to notify the state when mental or physical condition is a clear inhibition to safe driving.

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USABorn

Mar-25-14 4:18 PM

When she lived in Mass, my daughter was a witness to an accident like the one mentioned in the LTE.

A guy went up the wrong lane of a highway, had an accident in which a couple people were killed. He was drunk as a skunk and in his 20's.

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ArtFold

Mar-25-14 11:33 AM

In 2003 I was working at a local retail store when an elderly man asked me to assist him in finding products because he was, as he stated and clearly demonstrated, legally blind. He could see, just not very well at all. After he made his purchases I watched as he left the building, got behind the wheel of his pick-up truck and drove away. (No, I wasn't close enough to get his license number or anything) Some folks just don't know when to hang up the keys. Don't we all know at least one person who refuses to turn in their license but really should?

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 10:21 AM

"Seems we are aggressive, insensitive, impatient motorists, 'round these parts. We bottle-up our frustrations and release them via gas pedal." - radioactive

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Agreed! NASCAR-fans are badly in-need of (some) alternative-fantasies.

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 10:14 AM

"Why not re-test all licensed PA drivers every 5 years...young and old. Driving skills depend as much on familiarity with the info in the PennDOT manual as it does with the rules of the road." - CaymanJim

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"Actually a "written" test every so often does not seem like such a bad idea." - Scott36

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I'd agree, with that, if it was combined with a driving-test...regarding someone's ability to enter 180 (East)...from the Basin Street ramp.

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 10:07 AM

"The government shouldn't decide who is and isn't allowed to drive. The free market will weed out the good drivers from the bad." - RealAmerican

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Yeah...sure...much-the-way the airline-marketplace made safety/structural-changes, in the past, dependent-upon body-counts (post-crashes)...VERY-similar to food-safety issues being addressed.

The marketplace has a LONG history of being (MUCH) more concerned about liability-issues, than they EVER have, about safety...which has CONSISTENTLY put them a "little" behind-the-curve!

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 9:53 AM

"I'm not so much concerned with the older drivers as I am with the teens and twenty-somethings, especially when they think they're the only ones on the road..." - CaymanJim

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I'm guessing...you don't REALLY know what other people are thinking, but...appearance-wise...I've seen PLENTY of older-drivers who (seem to) assume they're the "only ones on the road".

I make EVERY effort to maintain a LOT o' distance, between me and those folks who are CLENCHING the wheel (@ "10" & "2"), and look (absolutely) TERRIFIED, while driving...and, they come in ALL ages!!!

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pinecr

Mar-25-14 9:15 AM

At this point they would have to test everyone. People are driving too fast, texting, talking on the cell phones, taking drugs, drinking and driving..so don't just point out the elderly. I would take my chances against the elderly any day versus the teens and the drug and alcohol truck driving workers.

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 9:15 AM

"I went through the same thing with my husbands driving for awhile I thought it was his meds effecting his driving. I took him to the eye doctor and found out he had the beginnings of Cataracts, he had both eyes fixed and within 2 days he was driving again and now he drives and sees better then I do, we were both amazed how quick he recovered from the surgery." - BornHere

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A happy-ending, COMBINED with an effort to educate people!

WELL DONE!!

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 9:11 AM

"Like it or not there are seniors out there that are very head strong and set in their ways...-Capricorn1

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"Had to highlight that comment!! That is a very polite way to put it!! Your comment about your mother driving all her life, is one to be addressed. I am sure her, like you & I values her "freedom, & independence". With my GF, it seemed to help if the person who drove him pointed out that they valued/enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time with Him." - Scott36

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GREAT idea!!!!!!

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 9:07 AM

PSU,

One would like to think that we would "know" that time, but as Cap has ponted out, most seniors become stubborn. Our perceptions of many things change as we become older, but perhaps the actions don't match." - rmiller

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I'm thinking someone...of ANY age...has a tendency to display "stubbornness", when people are attempting to deprive them of their freedom (of movement).

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 8:45 AM

"My mother has been driving all her life and taking her keys will be extremely difficult and with that means that family members need to also be willing to step up and make sure that this person is still able to do all the same things they are used to doing. Growing old is hard enough without having to do it being confined to your home." - Capricorn1

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BINGO!!!!!!!!

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 8:41 AM

"It's a rare occasion that an accident takes place involving a senior citizen where age is THE factor behind it. I would say that honor goes to the younger drivers." - USABorn

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I'm guessing THE factor, is...there are people (out, there) who should NEVER have been allowed to drive...and, prove it, THROUGHOUT their Life!!!!

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 8:37 AM

"Blacks we need to retest blacks! and come up with a check system to make sure they are insured" - fromtheport

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...And (let me guess)...this has nothing-to-do with race, right??

You Teabaggers are toooooooooooooo obvious.

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MrShaman

Mar-25-14 8:32 AM

"Seeing as how your ("obviously") so well-versed on the subject, where DID you find that lil' "gem"?????-MrShaman

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"Stop it!!! Don't you know that if you ask Erik tougher questions he "disappears" from that thread??" - Scott

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I was "pretty-much" banking-on-that.

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fromtheport

Mar-25-14 12:35 AM

Blacks we need to retest blacks! and come up with a check system to make sure they are insured

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JustSomeGuy

Mar-24-14 9:41 PM

It's not just the seniors. every day I'm passed by people going 20 over the speed limit. Every day i see people blatantly run red lights and stop signs. They go down one way streets the wrong way. And we pretty much turn a blind eye to drunk/drugged driving around here. The few we see in the paper are the tip of the iceberg. Oh yea, Williamsport celebrates drinking and driving with the stupid mardi gras celebration. Most drivers here suck.

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rmiller

Mar-24-14 6:31 PM

Look how amicable we just discussed a specific situation? Wasn't that nice? With one exception, but that goes with all discussions....But, this conversation had some variances in thought, but still collectively see safety as in agreement. :)

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Ritty77

Mar-24-14 5:09 PM

Is this a reprint?

I don't think it's unreasonable to ask a person to re-certify his or her driving abilities after a certain age.

On the other hand, there are probably many more non-seniors who are worse drivers, and they keep driving. Besides, a driving test is a lot different than the real world (snow/ice, darkness, higher speeds, etc). Not having a license doesn't mean you can't drive, anyhow.

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Scott36

Mar-24-14 5:05 PM

Why not re-test all licensed PA drivers every 5 years...young and old. Driving skills depend as much on familiarity with the info in the PennDOT manual as it does with the rules of the road.-CaymanJim

Actually a "written" test every so often does not seem like such a bad idea. If nothing else it could remind/refresh everyone about the responsibility, & seriousness of handling a vehicle safely. Not to mention reinforcing that all know of the most up to date laws.-JMO-Have a Great evening!!-Scott

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mikekerstetter

Mar-24-14 3:11 PM

I'm not sure where I stand on this one. I know it's not an easy thing to do for most people to give up their independence. About a year ago, my wife, with the help of a Dr., told her mother it was time to give it up. It was pretty easy for her, because the truth is her mom didn't enjoy driving that much anyhow.

I'm confident in my driving skills. But I don't know that I'd want to have to study for and go take a written test and skills test to keep my license.

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RealAmerican

Mar-24-14 3:04 PM

The government shouldn't decide who is and isn't allowed to drive. The free market will weed out the good drivers from the bad. Drivers and gun licenses are government tyranny.

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twinder

Mar-24-14 2:09 PM

I need to have a medical certificate renewed an a regular basis to keep my commercial driver's license. This involves a thorough physical by an MD and substantial cost. I must also complete paperwork and submit it to Penn DOT to verify that I've had the physical. If I have to do this for my license, why shouldn't everyone?

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CaymanJim

Mar-24-14 1:29 PM

Why not re-test all licensed PA drivers every 5 years...young and old. Driving skills depend as much on familiarity with the info in the PennDOT manual as it does with the rules of the road. I'm not so much concerned with the older drivers as I am with the teens and twenty-somethings, especially when they think they're the only ones on the road, ignoring traffic lights and signs and paying more attention to their cellphones than anything to do with driving.

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