Calpella man injured in crash near Ho...

Calpella man injured in crash near Hopland

There are 8 comments on the The Ukiah Daily Journal story from Sep 21, 2010, titled Calpella man injured in crash near Hopland. In it, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

A Calpella man suffered moderate injuries Tuesday morning when his car left Highway 175 and struck a tree, the California Highway Patrol reported.

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too old

San Francisco, CA

#1 Sep 21, 2010
75 is too old to drive! Luckily he did not kill anyone!
Yeppers

Saint Helena, CA

#2 Sep 21, 2010
too old wrote:
75 is too old to drive! Luckily he did not kill anyone!
I agree! I was smashed in between my car and the car of an elderly driver who was 75 years old. I was parked at a well-lit gas station at the gas pumps washing my windshield when she pulled up behind me. Then she realized her gas tank was on the opposite side of her car so instead of backing up and going to the pump next to her she decided to "squeeze" past me and my car resulting in smashing me between my car and her car. Two pedestrians had to run up to her window and tell her I was stuck because she couldnt hear me yelling and screaming in pain. After the people helped me out and she was asked to move her car she continued in the same direction scraping my car the whole way and almost tearing off my bumper. She then asked the people "what was going on?" and "what happened?" ... she didnt even notice the big dent in the side of her car and my fender that was completely smashed in. To this day I am cautious of drivers; especially if they are elderly.
YES

Ukiah, CA

#3 Sep 21, 2010
I think when you turn 65 to 70 they should take your license away.
SammyHagar

Hayward, CA

#4 Sep 21, 2010
Poor guy, hope he comes out of it OK. Probably will he's in good hands.
It's a tough subject. On one hand we hate to take that independence away from elderly people, their driving. Especially ones who don't have family or anyone to take care of them, who use their car.
But we're human and we just don't have the same reaction time when we're older, and our senses dull. And of course elderly without family can use the local bus and taxis.

I've watched a lot of scary situations with elderly drivers. A neighbor man in his 80's was always driving down the wrong side of the street, and almost caused several accidents, lots of close calls. Saw an elderly woman drive through a store. Said she thought she was on the brake but was on the gas. Saw a 70 year old woman pull out of the same driveway she'd pulled out for years, back over a wheelbarrow plant display then drag it as she backed right up onto a back porch. Said she never knew she hit anything until she was vertical-ish. Saw an 80+ year old man in the DMV who had his license auto renewed through the mail without a test for years, he had to take a test this time, and he failed all the vision tests, he couldn't make anything out that was more than 5 feet in front of him.

Of course there are elderly people out there who are perfectly alert, exceptions to the rules, who drive completely safe. If they have good vision and pass the tests and drive safe, I see no reason to take their license.
I'm not sure that an actual cut-off age would help. Like just cutting off people's license at age 75 or something.
But I think it that we should have very strict testing requirements for drivers licenses once a person is over the age of say, 60. No renewed licenses through the mail after 60. For all of us, once we hit 60 strict testing should be required before renewing a license. I think that could prevent countless potential accidents.
SammyHagar

Hayward, CA

#5 Sep 21, 2010
And of course I don't know if this man in this story had the accident because of his age, so I'm not talking about him, just talking in general. With him it may be age, or lots of different things.
Animal ran across the road. Or hit a pothole. Or had a tire blowout. Or was swatting a bee that flew in his window. But the best to his family and hope he recovers soon
Koalabear2525

San Jose, CA

#6 Sep 21, 2010
it not all the age that you are . hell 25% of all Ukiah area and where I live at San Leandro have people over 90 that drive .
Yeppers

Santa Rosa, CA

#7 Sep 22, 2010
I agree with SammyHagar in that their should be driving tests for elderly people after a certain age. Teenagers are also reckless drivers and we are stricter with their testing.
get a life

Saint Helena, CA

#8 Sep 22, 2010
I'm from the Bay Area - born in SF, learned to drive in SF. Never had an accident until I moved here. Twice I was rear ended by women in their 30s (ish).

Both resulted in surgeries...

I feel ALL drivers should renew their licenses in person and have a physical driving test as well as vision about every 5 years. ANYONE ever caught driving impaired by drugs or alcohol should lose their license for life.

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