In span of hour, two elderly Stillwater drivers accidentally hit gas pedal, cause separate wrecks

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"Which one of these here pedals is the brake, sonny?"
Stillwater has a driving-while-old problem.

Within the span of one hour Saturday afternoon, two separate wrecks were caused by 92- and 83-year-old drivers who accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

Are we sure it isn't a good idea to make folks pass another driving test once they've been alive for about three-quarters of a century or so?

Saturday's first incident occurred a bit after 3 p.m., when a 92-year-old man "rapidly accelerated" in reverse in a parking lot, hitting a pair of trucks and a power pole before coming to a stop.

According to Stillwater Patch, the driver told police he "hit the accelerator when he intended to brake," causing the unfortunate chain of collisions. His car was towed away from the scene with two broken axels, but nobody was hurt.

The police report says it "appears that [the man's] lack of motor skills caused his vehicle to accelerate out of control." Just the type of person I want to be driving alongside on the freeway!

About an hour later, an 83-year-old man drove his vehicle into a home on the 100 block of Northland Avenue in Stillwater. The driver pulled into a driveway in an effort to turn his vehicle around, but accidentally hit the gas and accelerated into the front of the house. No injuries were reported, and police filled out a driver evaluation that will be sent to the state for review.

So look out, Stillwater drivers. Old folks are on the road, and they're apparently having a hard time determining which pedal is which.


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Tilleena
Tilleena

My father has, over the last three years, had two accidents one which was a near miss head on. Twice the MN dept of public safety, one ta my urging, another at the MN Hwy Patrol's request, tried to pull his license. His doctor gets him off.  Legally you CAN'T STOP THESE aged zombies from going out and killing people. I know.  The COPS will tell you the same thing.  SAD

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

I don't think it would be a bad idea to require retesting to renew a drivers license every, say, 20 or 25 years.  Giving drivers a refresher course periodically could save a lot of trouble.

Jason Dorweiler
Jason Dorweiler

Lets try writing something interesting instead of these everyday occurring incidents. 

tweety
tweety

We won't require retesting for older drivers for one reason, and it's the same reason we have all sorts of restrictions on teen drivers.  Older people vote (teens don't.)

idrivefast
idrivefast

It's not just that old people vote, it's that old people have AARP backing them in their corner. AARP lobbies hardcore on the behalf of old people, and any aspiring politician knows what kind of resistance they will run into in the courts if they introduce a bill making mandatory drivers testing for the elderly.

It really is too bad. Our DMV testing procedures need to be overhauled entirely. 

Dave2
Dave2

Anyone caught speeding or not stopping for stop signs or weaving in and out of traffic or giving the single finger salute or tailgating or failure to dim lights at night or loud mufflers or driving too slow in the left lane or having the radio on too loud or failure to signal turns or burning rubber or driving with missing lights or just generally driving like a smart-ass.

Like old people, these people are all killers too and obviously the cause of our high insurance rates.   ....Any one I didn't mention? 

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