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When is a person too old to drive?

BEAUMONT- By Jennifer Gordy

81 year old Jim Aubey was cited to failure to yield right of way Tuesday after pulling across the street in front of a Beaumont police car. Aubey feels the wreck could have happened to anyone, but says he has the same concerns as others about older drivers.
"The older you get depending on how you take care of yourself, I suppose, and genetics..you get more feeble as far as being able to react and things like that," Aubey says.

The Texas Department of Public Safety requires drivers over 79 to meet extra requirements...that include a vision test.

Beaumont traffic investigator Chris Cunningham says statistics show over age 85 number of fatal crashes jumps to four times the number of those between ages 75 and 84.
"As we get older our ability to safely operate these vehicles. Our vision may be going. Our reaction time may be slow and that's what puts them into a higher category in that area," Cunningham states.

Jim's wife, Ruth, says her husband is a very conscientious drive.
Ruth says, "He always talks to me about scenarios, what would you do if that happened, to be ready for it"

Asked if she would get into the car with him again...
"He can drive me anywhere and will be driving me everywhere for the next couple of months," Aubey said looking at the cast on her right leg.

Aubey wants taxpayers to know the Aubey's liability insurance will pay for the damage to the police car.

 

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