- Posted August 26, 2013 by
Saint Joseph, Michigan
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Old people need to learn when to stop driving!
I was going south on State Street and observed a white car approaching from the west, heading east. I could see the car and figured the driver could see me since there were no vision obstructions. As I entered the area where the two streets met I watched the car as it slowed. I could see the driver, a little old man with his bald head just over the top of the dash. By the time I realized he was not going to stop I was in the middle of the entrance to the street.
I mouthed out, "What the hell," as I looked down to see his front bumper 1 foot from my right leg. I just barely managed to squeeze past before he entered State Street, turned right and continued down the street as if I hadn't been there.
My wife and I usually go out to see her dad, who stays in a nursing home, every Saturday morning and I couldn't help but think I might have ended up there, or worse, in the morgue.
As a retired police officer, I couldn't help but think of accidents I'd responded to where an elderly driver was at fault. In some of those cases, depending on whether I felt it appropriate, I would check a box on the accident report requesting that the driver be required to be reevaluated before allowing him/her to drive again.
Thank God I managed to get past his bumper!