At the Radioplex, I'm one of the old guys. I get plenty of "old man" jokes hurled my way. I don't mind. I certainly don't act my age and take the good-natured ribbing as a badge of honor. Older folks should stay active as long as possible, but ancient drivers do not have my support.
This morning, after a knee rehab session at Accelerated Rehab in The Heights, I had a half hour to race home, shower and get to work. On Lake Avenue, it's one lane in each direction, and I got behind an old lady driving 15-20 mph and riding the brakes for no apparent reason. I finally get around her and turn on to Knoxville, driving a bit over the speed limit (wink, wink, nudge, nudge*) when I encounter a car stopped dead at an intersection where the light had been green for at least five seconds. I lay on the horn while braking and just miss rear ending it. Then, I saw why this car was stopped at a green light: an old man was driving the wrong way on Knoxville, coming straight at us in this divided part of the Knoxville, near Sheridan.
I know it takes away a feeling on independence, but folks like these should not be driving. In Illinois, after you reach 75 years of age, you have to take a driving test at each license renewal. I don't know how these two passed. Maybe the road test age should be lowered a bit more? America throws the book at someone who's had three beers and gets behind a wheel, but I'd wager the two old farts I ran into (almost literally) this morning are worse drivers than a 3-beer-veteran driver.
During my show prep, I found this video, quite appropriate for today. An 84-year-old woman drove her vehicle into Portland Harbor in Maine last Friday. I'm not surprised. Luckily, for the codger, witnesses jumped into the water and saved her.