Vadnais Heights couple dies in Wiscon...

Vadnais Heights couple dies in Wisconsin crash

There are 6 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 27, 2010, titled Vadnais Heights couple dies in Wisconsin crash. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

An elderly Vadnais Heights couple died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash in Polk County, Wis.

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The real - NICE

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Nov 29, 2010
How sad....RIP to the couple and prayers for the injured.
COMMONCENTS

Tampa, FL

#2 Nov 29, 2010
It might be a good idea to require turn in of Driver licenses at age 85 or sooner, if sight or driver tests warrant it. Lets face it, after age 85, ones, hearin, sight and reaction time deminish greatly. Yes I know a few 90 year olds might still pass the tests, but they are few and far between. My father drove until he died at 90. At age 85 he quit driving at night and driving on freeways as he said his reaction time had slowed to much for the high speed lane changes. Here in Florida elderly drivers are killed on a daily basis. Sat. an 88 yr. old driver waited at a signaled intersection, and then turned directly infront of a on coming semi. He and his passenger died at the site. Better alive and homebound than on the road and deadly!
Just sayin

Delphos, OH

#3 Nov 29, 2010
COMMONCENTS wrote:
It might be a good idea to require turn in of Driver licenses at age 85 or sooner, if sight or driver tests warrant it. Lets face it, after age 85, ones, hearin, sight and reaction time deminish greatly. Yes I know a few 90 year olds might still pass the tests, but they are few and far between. My father drove until he died at 90. At age 85 he quit driving at night and driving on freeways as he said his reaction time had slowed to much for the high speed lane changes. Here in Florida elderly drivers are killed on a daily basis. Sat. an 88 yr. old driver waited at a signaled intersection, and then turned directly infront of a on coming semi. He and his passenger died at the site. Better alive and homebound than on the road and deadly!
I agree 100%, we had to take away my grandmothers license and keys when she was 84. She was very angry at the time, but we could not have lived with ourselves if she would have caused a accident the lead to the injury or death of another motorist.
Linda from Maplewood

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Nov 30, 2010
This truly is a very sad story. I agree that when you reach a certain age (I am thinking 70) you should be required to re-test for your drivers license. That being said, there are so many car accidents where the drivers are so young (16). Perhaps the law should be changed so that you cant get your license at such an erly age.

My prayers go out to the victims' family and also to the driver and occupants of the truck that hit them. They will have to live with this for the rest of their lives.
jamie

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Nov 30, 2010
COMMONCENTS wrote:
It might be a good idea to require turn in of Driver licenses at age 85 or sooner, if sight or driver tests warrant it. Lets face it, after age 85, ones, hearin, sight and reaction time deminish greatly. Yes I know a few 90 year olds might still pass the tests, but they are few and far between. My father drove until he died at 90. At age 85 he quit driving at night and driving on freeways as he said his reaction time had slowed to much for the high speed lane changes. Here in Florida elderly drivers are killed on a daily basis. Sat. an 88 yr. old driver waited at a signaled intersection, and then turned directly infront of a on coming semi. He and his passenger died at the site. Better alive and homebound than on the road and deadly!
I will let you know, this person was all with it. His mind was very clear and had no problems....
COMMONCENTS

Tampa, FL

#6 Nov 30, 2010
jamie wrote:
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I will let you know, this person was all with it. His mind was very clear and had no problems....
With all respect, this person may have been " in good shape for their age" but at their age, Hearing, sight and reflex response are all diminished. AAA gives specific courses to help compensate for this reality. It would be a good idea to make annual behind the wheel drivers test mandatory for any one over age 75. By the way, that would include me!

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