Dona t single out elderly drivers

There is a good reason why insurance companies charge less for senior drivers. They are safer drivers than 40-year-olds and much safer than 18-year-olds. Most states have an eye test when seniors renew, but to make seniors go through the hassle of driving tests is just plain wrong. Read more
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Rob

Altamont, NY

#1 Jun 22, 2009
" am 91, and I'll match my reaction time against a 40-year-old" no doubt you will loose, but you might pass a > 80 drivers test. Most > 80's I know have no right behind the wheel. They are a danger to themselves and others.

“Katherine Gundelfinger”

Since: Jun 08

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

#2 Jun 22, 2009
"I have never had an accident and I drive at the speed of traffic."
I am tired of Taxpayers (and the elderly)complaining about where the money goes and how it is wasted..
Taxpayers, who are the majority of drivers on Massachusetts roadways, should NOT
"drive at the speed of traffic",
they should drive at the posted speed and they should respect the space of the driver in front by NOT following too closely..

Taxpayers are paying for the manufacture of posted speed limit signs and for the unnecessary installation of traffic signals which require drivers to slam and sit at nearly every intersection.

Drivers who "drive at the speed of traffic"..in other words, drivers who disregard posted speeds, and drivers who follow too closely, are displaying a lack of concern for their neighbors and for their fellow citizens..
Taxpayers are funding the employment of engineers who decide what the posted speed should be for any given road, street or highway.
Citizens also take the time to petition City Council to reduce posted speeds in their neighborhoods because of the unnerving effect of speeding..
Instead of "driving at the speed of traffic", drivers should respect the posted speed, out of respect for others and to create space for drivers entering from side roads, so that timed electric traffic signals will cease to be necessary..
Katherine

United States

#3 Jun 23, 2009
But to blindly obey the posted speed is
just plain wrong, too.

Drivers should stay back a greater distance from the vehicle in front.

I think the right distance would be far enough back so that one cannot see the face of the driver in front in the side view mirror..
Katherine

United States

#4 Jun 23, 2009
Hmmm...Everywhere I go on Topix,
there are ads for sex offenders..
what's up with that?
Katherine

United States

#5 Jun 23, 2009
Yes, drivers should stay back
a greater distance from the vehicle in front,
even if it seems the driver in front is proceeding too slowly.

The driver in front may be approaching a pedestrian, or an obstruction in the road.
It is rude to gain up on the driver in front and push him to speed..
Katherine

United States

#6 Jun 23, 2009
I love approaching an intersection when the electricity to a traffic signal is out.
A flashing signal means I will have the opportunity to use my own brain power to proceed through the intersection, instead of sitting there for what seems like forever, waiting for a light to change color, often times for less than 2 cars to cross before me.

The only down side to approaching down traffic signals is that the majority of drivers,
young and old, do not seem to know what flashing yellow means.
Rows of drivers speed through flashing yellow lights, following too closely and causing a pile-up of delayed drivers on the flashing red side..

http://www.topix.com/city/bellefontaine-oh/20...
Andy Taylor

Watervliet, NY

#7 Jun 23, 2009
The solution is simple test all drivers every ten years regarless of age.
Katherine

United States

#8 Jun 24, 2009
"Do unto others as they would have them do unto you"
Do you like having to sit on a side road and wait for 80 cars to pass, 80 drivers who are driving with zero space between themselves and the driver in front?
If not, when you are on a main road, please be a person who can drive at the posted speed, without giving into the implulse to race to the car in front...
Next on the agenda in Pittsfield is a timed electric traffic signal at the three way intersection of West St and Center St..I believe a traffic signal at this intersection is unecessary.
I have seen the delay of cars, on Center St. waiting to drive West and I know that it seems like a traffic signal will fix it,
but I believe that we can fix the problem as a community and that the the money intended for the traffic signal should be redirected.

I fear that a traffic signal will cause more congestion and delay on West St. and that cars will be backed up to Onota St. and the entrance to Riverview West Apartments.
The answer is for drivers heading East
on West St. to obey the 25 MPH posted speed from Backman Avenue all the way to North St and
to keep a steady, greater distance between themselves and the driver in front,
instead of flying down the hill from West St like it's some kind of roller coaster..
Katherine

United States

#9 Jun 24, 2009
Andy Taylor wrote:
The solution is simple test all drivers every ten years regarless of age.
A road test would not be cost effective..I agree with an eye and lucidity test for all drivers every ten years..
Katherine

United States

#10 Jul 17, 2009
Truckers to pull over to protest fuel prices-

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/wnyt-albany...
Katherine

United States

#11 Sep 9, 2009
http://www.topix.com/forum/source/berkshire-e...
He Who Cannot Be Named wrote:
<quoted text>
People driving under the speed limit and not going around people making left hand turns is a problem. Stopping to look at a tag sale is a problem......Berkshire County is the only place that I know of where bad driving such as rolling stops (or no stops at all), parking in no parking zones/fire lanes etc. is the norm.
People driving under the speed limit IS NOT a problem.
People driving OVER the speed limit IS a problem.
People driving OVER the speed limit, talking on cell phones AND following too closely ALL AT THE SAME TIME is a HUGE problem in Berkshire County!!
I am a driver who strictly obeys posted speeds.
I understand that to those who believe 5 -15 miles over the posted speed is acceptable, I am a problem.
There is no reason to drive 5-15 miles over the posted speed when the roads are riddled with potholes and traffic signals are installed on almost every block.
Peoples only reasons for driving 5-15 miles over the posted speed are: to feel like they are going fast, for a minute, and to waste fuel so they can whine about not having enough money.
The story said she, Ms Wells, couldn't stop fast enough. That indicates that she was:
a. speeding
b. following too closely.
c. talking on cell phone
d. any one or more of the above
If there is not enough room to go around a driver making a left the driver and all drivers behind him must stop. NOONE would have to stop if ALL drivers strictly obeyed posted speeds and kept a greater distance between vehicles in motion.
The reason the driver making a left is stopped in the middle of the road waiting to turn is:
rows of drivers heading in the opposite running lane are following too closely.
With the way people drive taxpayers might as well just hitch all the cars up to each other and make railways out of the roadways..
"According to Pittsfield Police Officer Jeff Coco, a red Ford Explorer stopped at the end of a line of cars, but the blue Dodge Durango behind it couldn't stop in time. The driver, Kristi Wells, 37, of Lanesborough, swerved to try to avoid the Ford,"
I'm not here to argue with individuals involved in accidents, I am here to discuss and argue traffic problems in general..
I see it all the time: drivers behind me, RIGHT on my tail, many times, talking on the cell phone. The ones using cell phones and tailing are usually women..Men tail with both hands on the wheel..
Katherine

United States

#13 Sep 9, 2009
A person can work all day long but if they're driving recklessly by speeding and following too closely they are a burden on taxpayers, a burden on the environment and a burden to themselves.
People could cut their work hours (their required income)by 1/4 just by following posted speeds.
Don't you want to figure out ways to keep your costs down?
(Ways to keep your costs down that do not include tax evasion and discrimination because you are angry that I, a stranger to you, has been found to be disabled by the Social Security Administration)
Katherine

United States

#14 Sep 9, 2009
freeride wrote:
<quoted text>you understand what? how to live off the system. you have no right telling anyone anything. men tail with both hands on the wheel and you and your son both suck up our tax monies with your hands out for a free ride in life. what is worse bumper huggers who are probably on their way to work or you. i think you are worse kathrine.
'Bumper huggers' are worse because of the accidents they cause.. Take care..
freeride

Gloversville, NY

#15 Sep 9, 2009
Katherine wrote:
A person can work all day long but if they're driving recklessly by speeding and following too closely they are a burden on taxpayers, a burden on the environment and a burden to themselves.
People could cut their work hours (their required income)by 1/4 just by following posted speeds.
Don't you want to figure out ways to keep your costs down?
(Ways to keep your costs down that do not include tax evasion and discrimination because you are angry that I, a stranger to you, has been found to be disabled by the Social Security Administration)
maybe if social security read some of your blog and see you can sit for a few hrs a day. they could help you find a job. you can bike or walk or take the b bus to work. we could cut our cost by cutting you out...there for putting monies back in our pockets. plus you are not a stranger you have told the whole world your life. a stranger is someone you know nothing about. but we know about you by you. i think the reason people respond to you is you give out way to much information on you and your family and you want or need to be the center of it all. in others words you love the attention you get from us.

Since: May 08

Queensbury, NY

#16 Sep 9, 2009
Katherine wrote:
A person can work all day long but if they're driving recklessly by speeding and following too closely they are a burden on taxpayers, a burden on the environment and a burden to themselves.
People could cut their work hours (their required income)by 1/4 just by following posted speeds.
Don't you want to figure out ways to keep your costs down?
(Ways to keep your costs down that do not include tax evasion and discrimination because you are angry that I, a stranger to you, has been found to be disabled by the Social Security Administration)
Please elaborate on your claim that 25% would be shaved off of a persons cost of living under your scennario!
Katherine

United States

#17 Sep 10, 2009
ramdan wrote:
<quoted text>Please elaborate on your claim that 25% would be shaved off of a persons cost of living under your scennario!
I just threw out a number. I'm not good at math.
I'd have to really crunch some numbers, ride with someone to and from their work, recreation and shopping for at least a week, check their mileage and compare their cost and consumption with my driving scenario.
25 % may be an exageration but the fact is speeding, tailing and slamming for lights runs up a high gas bill compared with hypermiling, in gear, and strictly following posted speeds.
The problem is even attaining the posted speed is a waste of time with the number of traffic signals in Berkshire County; one nearly every block..
a mother

Gloversville, NY

#18 Sep 10, 2009
Katherine wrote:
<quoted text>I just threw out a number. I'm not good at math.
I'd have to really crunch some numbers, ride with someone to and from their work, recreation and shopping for at least a week, check their mileage and compare their cost and consumption with my driving scenario.
25 % may be an exageration but the fact is speeding, tailing and slamming for lights runs up a high gas bill compared with hypermiling, in gear, and strictly following posted speeds.
The problem is even attaining the posted speed is a waste of time with the number of traffic signals in Berkshire County; one nearly every block..
ride with someone to work ha ha ha. or do you just don't want to get up and go to work. you are really out in left field. who would watch your son and pay for day care. not you. if you have a car why do you go to the police station everyday?? and take the b bus? your stories are falling apart as fast as you make them up. a liar always get caught up in their owns lies. now it is showing up. but i wonder what is up with your driving scenario. you either own a car or you don't. and on 800 a month how can you afford a car with insurance and maintenance care plus gas. you must be good with numbers then. oh ya you also have rent yet. and food, pretty good on 800 a month.
Katherine

Princeton, MA

#19 Sep 11, 2009
a mother wrote:
<quoted text>ride with someone to work ha ha ha. or do you just don't want to get up and go to work. you are really out in left field. who would watch your son and pay for day care. not you. if you have a car why do you go to the police station everyday?? and take the b bus? your stories are falling apart as fast as you make them up. a liar always get caught up in their owns lies. now it is showing up. but i wonder what is up with your driving scenario. you either own a car or you don't. and on 800 a month how can you afford a car with insurance and maintenance care plus gas. you must be good with numbers then. oh ya you also have rent yet. and food, pretty good on 800 a month.
The topic here is legislation requiring elderly drivers to pass road tests on a yearly basis. Do you have anything to say on the topic of road tests for elderly drivers?
a mother

Gloversville, NY

#20 Sep 11, 2009
Katherine wrote:
<quoted text>The topic here is legislation requiring elderly drivers to pass road tests on a yearly basis. Do you have anything to say on the topic of road tests for elderly drivers?
no i do not, they should take a yearly road test. and at what age. and who will pay the cost, the elderly or the tax payers money. most elderly live on a limited income how are they going to afford to pay for the test. we the tax payers are already tax to death to begin with.
a mother

Gloversville, NY

#21 Sep 11, 2009
Katherine wrote:
<quoted text>The topic here is legislation requiring elderly drivers to pass road tests on a yearly basis. Do you have anything to say on the topic of road tests for elderly drivers?
i would agree with you on this topic. i hate to have people hug my bumper of my car. i also hate people that have obstruction on their side of the road and has to cross the line into my lane. you know what? the person with obstruction on their side of the road is suppose to stop and wait for the opposite lane to be free of all cars. then you can cross line into that lane. a policeman would be a person to tell you as the drive to cross into the opposite lane. after all traffic was stop in that lane..

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