Elderly Driver Hits 11 in Ca, When Should We Take Away Their Keys?[VIDEO]
I am all for living independently, for our freedoms and rights, but when our elderly friends and family clearly have issues driving, we shouldn't care about hurting their feelings.
When you read about the incident that happened yesterday afternoon, the last words that you'll be left with is he has a valid drivers license. Is that good enough?
So, here's the skinny... 100 year old (he turns 101 next week), Preston Carter was backing out of a parking space and instead of backing into the street he backed into the sidewalk where a group of people, including several children, were buying snacks from a street vendor. Some were in critical condition at the scene and upgraded to serious by the time they were treated by paramedics and arrived at the hospital.
There are no age limits for drivers in California, in fact there are no age limits for drivers in Colorado either. In Colorado, once a driver turns 60 they must renew their license in person every five years.
Note to Elderly Drivers:
In addition to taking a vision test (see below), you may in certain situations be asked to take a written knowledge test as well. In preparation for this, you can review the Colorado Drivers Handbook and take practice tests before going for your license renewal.
The accident with Mr. Carter is being considered just that, an accident, and he has not been arrested. But in this writers opinion, still begs the question "When should we take away their license" and "Is periodic testing after 60, in Colorado, good enough"?
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