Police: Motorist who struck pedestrians on El Camino was driving on suspended license Atherton, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Dec 11, 2012 at 11:45 pm
ATHERTON: The 89-year-old driver of a vehicle that struck and seriously injured two pedestrians in an El Camino Real crosswalk in Atherton on Sept. 30 was driving with a license that had been suspended two months earlier after he was diagnosed with a disability, according to the Atherton Police Department report on the incident.
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Posted by Menlo Park, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm
It sure seems that too many incapable elderly drivers have a difficult time understanding when it's time to stop driving because their driving has become a hazard to others. My own grandfather had a hard time accepting that and we (the family) forced him to stop driving before he could hurt anyone.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm
CHURCH! He was driving to & from church after having his license suspended due to a disability. Many churches offer rides to those who can't drive - too bad this guy didn't try to figure out an alternative.
Posted by SteveC, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm SteveC is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online
I was very luck, my Mom and Dad decided on their own that they didn't think they should drive any longer. I am very happy that I didn't have to make the decision for them. Of course, now I need to take them to medical appoints ect. I do not mind at all!
Posted by Donald, a resident of another community, on Dec 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm
The three legs of the traffic safety tripod are engineering, enforcement and education. You can't get good results without a balance of all three. Recent posts on this forum indicate that people expect engineering solutions alone to solve the problem, but that won't work as long as dangerously incompetent drivers like this are on the road. We also need more enforcement and stricter testing and licensing requirements (DMV letters written in plain English that non-lawyers can understand would also help).