Another Senior Driver – Another Storefront Ruined – When Should Seniors Be Retested? [POLL]
At this point, the question isn’t even an “if” – as in “Do you feel ‘if’ seniors should be retested?”
More like – “When should seniors be retested?”
This isn’t to pick on senior drivers. We’ll all get there at some point, provided the Lord doesn’t have other plans for us.
The latest incident involves an 83-year-old woman who literally drove into a Marlboro jewelry store.
An 83-year-old woman drove her car through the front glass doors of the Sarafina Jewelers on Route 520 North at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
The woman, whose identity is being withheld, was taken to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township to check out minor injuries from her airbag deploying, said Marlboro Police Capt. Bart Lombardo.
The car jumped the curb and entered the front of the store, Lombardo said. There was minor damage to the structure and the township’s building department officials were dispatched to the store to check the integrity of the building, police said. The store is expected to reopen later in the day, employees said.
Sarafina employee Brodee Ponzo, 28, said she was called by her boss to go to meet police at the store when an alarm went off about an unauthorized entry. The store typically opens at 9:30 a.m., she said.
The car struck the handicapped yellow cement pole at the front of the parking space then crashed through the doors, Ponzo said.
“The car went right into the front door and shattered the glass,” Ponzo said. There was no jewelry near the entrance and no one entered the unoccupied store, she said.
“As long as she is OK,” Ponzo said of the driver.
She may be ok, but she’s lucky it didn’t happen later in the day when there were more customers around. She also may have family members worried sick over her.
Which they should be – and now have to face the prospect of taking the keys away from her.
And that’s the hard part – because now “mom” loses her independence.
But at what age do you feel seniors should be retested, and how often; or should there be a cap on how long seniors are able to drive - a radical notion to be sure?