Posted: Thu, August 30 2012 at 7:12 PM, Updated: Thu, August 30 2012 at 7:24 PM
A 100 year old driver crashes onto a sidewalk injuring 11, many of them children. The accident is re-igniting a long debated topic.
Are elderly drivers safe? Should a person be required to re-take a drivers test at the age of 70? Or... is that stereotyping?
This was the scene wednesday morning in Los Angeles, California.
"Do you have a valid drivers license," asked the Reporter. "How old are you?" At which point Preston Carter responded, "I am 101."
100 year Carter turns 101 next week. While backing up in his Cadillac he ran into a crowd of people standing on the sidewalk near an L.A. Elementary school -- injuring 11.
"Did anyone tell you your too old to drive?" furthered the reporter.
"They gave me the license," replied Carter
It brings up the question, is age a factor? Studies show older people account for 14% of traffic fatalities, and 17% of pedestrian fatalities.
"Drivers should be fully equipped in their minds, and often times older people have issues," says 52 year old Asha Deliverance, an Ashland resident. She feels people over the age of 70 should be required to have a doctors note or retake the drivers test.
"We don't want to live a life of red tape, but there are certain instances where safety is maximized by certain protocol," Deliverance states.
But not everyone agrees.
"I think someone who is driving with a clean record and no accidents, can probably go another five years without a drivers test."
In California the DMV says people over the age of 70 must renew their license in person - at which point they may be asked to re-test. Oregon law states at 50, and every 8 years after, you must take the an eye test.
If you have concerns about an individual you can go to the local DMV and fill out this form, a driver evaluation request."
Meanwhile, this California crash asks is it enough?
"I tried to brake," continues Carter, "but the breaks must have failed."