March 12, 2010

Old people are a menace and a threat to your safety

By: Sonny Bunch

Remember all those runaway Toyotas with unstoppable accelerators?

In the 24 cases where driver age was reported or readily inferred, the drivers included those of the ages 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89—and I’m leaving out the son whose age wasn’t identified, but whose 94-year-old father died as a passenger.

These “electronic defects” apparently discriminate against the elderly, just as the sudden acceleration of Audis and GM autos did before them.

This reminds me of the South Park episode in which old people cause so many accidents the city tries to take their licenses away only to be invaded Red Dawn-style by the AARP. Fantastic stuff. Long story short: Old people behind the wheel are a menace but they will never admit this. Instead they will blame technology for failing them.