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Old 04-21-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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OCALA, Fla. (AP) ó A 79-year-old woman who was trying to get her driverís license restored confused the gas pedal for the brakes and crashed through the front door of an Ocala Target store.

Police say Norma Joan Brennanís pastor was giving her some driving tips Thursday afternoon when the crash occurred. No one was injured.

Woman Getting Driving Tips Crashes Through Target ę CBS Tampa
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Yep.

A driving tip for her: don't adjust the seat while driving. (If they let you drive).
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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FL. What a surprise.

(On a side note, that pastor should have his head examined. Most 79 yr olds should not be on the road... for this very reason.)
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:00 PM
 
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Usually when this happens, they say the car suddenly surged and they had their foot fully on the brake and could not stop it! Fully on the accelerator is more like it...
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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She shouldn't even be allowed to try to get her license back.

On another note, the writer of that article should have their license to write revoked. What a mess.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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... Most 79 yr olds should not be on the road... for this very reason.)
Perhaps, but most 79-year-olds are probably better drivers than most 16-year-olds. It's easy to say old people shouldn't drive until you or your parents get old. Taking away their licenses is like crippling them. They suddenly have to depend on someone else to do their shopping, run errands, visit friends or family, go to the doctor's office, church and a host of other things. In a large city most can use public transportation, but in small cities, suburbs, towns, etc., there often is no public transportation to use. It's a delicate issue and unfair to just set an upper limit on age for driver's licenses. Many older people do fine with their driving well into their 80s, others don't. My dad drove his cars and a 20-ton truck until a back surgery paralyzed him at 85. My mom had to quit in her late 70s.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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I n Frederick MD, a lady crashed her SUV into a dental clinic - she later claimed because she confused gas pedal with brake. Too many people give this excuse. It happens I know but why do you have to press brake or gas so hard is beyond me.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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Perhaps, but most 79-year-olds are probably better drivers than most 16-year-olds. It's easy to say old people shouldn't drive until you or your parents get old. Taking away their licenses is like crippling them. They suddenly have to depend on someone else to do their shopping, run errands, visit friends or family, go to the doctor's office, church and a host of other things. In a large city most can use public transportation, but in small cities, suburbs, towns, etc., there often is no public transportation to use. It's a delicate issue and unfair to just set an upper limit on age for driver's licenses. Many older people do fine with their driving well into their 80s, others don't. My dad drove his cars and a 20-ton truck until a back surgery paralyzed him at 85. My mom had to quit in her late 70s.

Oh well, it's not a right. There was a reason why she wasn't able to drive.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:02 PM
 
Location: NJ = the $ you have is NOT yours.
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Maybe she saw a "target" and wanted to go through it.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:30 PM
 
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Perhaps, but most 79-year-olds are probably better drivers than most 16-year-olds. It's easy to say old people shouldn't drive until you or your parents get old. Taking away their licenses is like crippling them. They suddenly have to depend on someone else to do their shopping, run errands, visit friends or family, go to the doctor's office, church and a host of other things. In a large city most can use public transportation, but in small cities, suburbs, towns, etc., there often is no public transportation to use. It's a delicate issue and unfair to just set an upper limit on age for driver's licenses. Many older people do fine with their driving well into their 80s, others don't. My dad drove his cars and a 20-ton truck until a back surgery paralyzed him at 85. My mom had to quit in her late 70s.
I went through this with my grandmother. She was living in Cedar Rapids, IA, and was getting too old to live by herself. She came to live with my parents in Plano TX. At that point, she was still driving. However, once she got here, and saw just how much traffic there was compared to where she used to live, she was smart enough to voluntarily give up her keys and stop driving because she knew she couldn't handle it.

Taking away someone's license is not crippling THEM, it's stopping them from crippling OTHERS from accidents like this.

In this particular case, she had lost her license for a reason. Obviously, that reason was justified. If an elderly person still has control of their faculties so they can drive, great. But that was not the case here.
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