Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
True story. I’m sitting in one of those defensive driving refresher courses and the instructor asks, “Should road tests be administered periodically?” And this guy on the other side of 70 wakes up from his nap and says, “No, I don’t have the reflexes.” Seriously. And the instructor continues by rote to canvass the class saying, “OK, any other answers?”
What’s wrong with this picture is obvious, but here’s what’s really scary: a driver with a few drinks knows he’s been drinking, and may be trying to drive more safely. A driver talking on a cell phone may be a little more cautious. But this guy is probably driving down residential streets during the hours when kids are playing, and doesn’t have a clue. And because he can’t figure it out himself, what’s the only way he’ll learn? It’s scary.