Thursday, August 30, 2012

Oopsie, Part II

Police: 100-year-old driver hits 11 near LA school
LOS ANGELES — The screams of women and children didn't cause a 100-year-old driver to stop as he backed his large powder blue Cadillac onto a sidewalk across from an elementary school and hit 11 people, including nine children.

So people began pounding on his windows screaming for him to stop, a witness said.
11 kids hurt by a centenarian driver. Naturally, the brakes were blamed - although in this case, there was no "sudden acceleration" when he applied the brakes, as is usually claimed; rather he says that the brakes failed. Given that the vehicle shown is of 1980s vintage or thereabouts, if the brakes were bad, it's his own fault for not maintaining his safety equipment.

But, really? 100 years old and still driving? If the faculties are still there, there shouldn't be any reason why not. But to back out of a parking space, continue across the street, up over a sidewalk, and to be running over kids to the point where people have to pound on your window to get you to stop? No, you shouldn't be driving at that point.

That's not bad brakes. Even with zero brakes at all, jamming the gearshift into park will stop the car immediately at that speed. That's an inability to tell gas from brake, to see one's surroundings, as well as not being able to react to events in a timely manner. That's someone who has no business whatsoever holding a license. Heck, his kids are probably too old to have licenses...

Be careful out there, folks - especially those of you in the "we give anyone a license" states like CA or MA...

That is all.

5 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

Clearly, we need to ban automobiles on all school properties* RIGHT NOW.

*And probably in bars, polling places, government building, too.

Sigivald said...

And presumably the emergency brake was out, too, or he forgot it existed...

Which, hey, is possible in a panic, I guess, even when you're not 100.

The investigation should tell us about the mechanics.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Old People Vote, Jay.

Old NFO said...

Dang it, Rev beat me to it!!!

Pakkinpoppa said...

Better to give them a license and let them get traffic tickets than to not, all that revenue in a cash strapped state can't go to waste!