For more than 30 years Lisa Rollins has been a part of upstate radio. Called the most calming, caring, conservative voice in radio, Lisa can see all sides of the issue, yet is never afraid to share her own personal opinion!
100-YEAR-OLD DRIVER HITS 11 PEOPLE IN LA
by Lisa Rollins,posted Aug 30 2012 12:00AM
A 100-year-old driver hit 11 people yesterday (August 29th), including 9 children as he backed his car onto a sidewalk across from an elementary school. The driver didn't hear the terrified screams, so people began pounding on the windows of his Cadillac screaming for him to stop. At last report, 4 of the children were in critical condition, but everyone is expected to survive. Driver Preston Carter, who will turn 101 next month. He told officers his brakes failed. Carter was pulling out of the grocery store parking lot, but instead of backing into the street, he backed onto the sidewalk. In California, people over age 70 must renew their driver's license in person. Older drivers can also be required to take a driving test if they fail a vision exam, or if a police officer, physician, or a family member raises questions about their ability to drive.
SORRY…and I am getting there myself…BUT, something MUST be done! Some drivers do not need to be on the road! AGE CERTAINLY PLAYS A ROLE…but, I believe a doctor must sign a form for anyone over a certain age (to be determined based on insurance stats) saying whether the person is physically and/or mentally FIT to drive and the person must renew a temporary license every 6 months(written, oral and driving tests). The doctor would NOT be held responsible! Family members must take the car, keys, etc away from their loved one and while I can only imagine how difficult this would be it is something that must be done. Once again, take care of those you love, help them get where they need to go and be accessible to them but don’t put them out on the road to kill or be killed!
Any thoughts from YOU?