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Friday, January 25, 2008

Officials attempt to extrapolate Phyllis Ridinger, 78, Jasonville, from her vehicle Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident on State Road 59 near County Road 300 N. Jason Moon Photo.
State Road 59 was closed south of Brazil Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle accident took place near the intersection of SR 59 and County Road 300 N.

At about 12:13 p.m., officials from the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department, Trans Care, Clay County Search and Rescue, Indiana State Police and Clay County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene after a vehicle struck a semi-tractor trailer.

"Luckily, it was a side swipe and not a head-on collision," ISP Senior State Trooper Matt Ames told The Brazil Times. "We're lucky it wasn't a head-on collision."

Ames said the driver of the passenger vehicle, Phyllis Ridinger, 78, Jasonville, was traveling north on SR 59 when it veered into the southbound lane, striking the semi-tractor trailer, driven by Rick Kemp, 54, Indianapolis.

Officials had to use the Jaws of Life and a reciprocating saw to extricate Ridinger and passenger Karen Dickey, 49, Jasonville, who were entrapped for approximately 20 minutes, from the vehicle.

Ames said the Ridinger was taken by Lifeline to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, after complaining of chest pain and confusion. Dickey was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by Trans Care for chest pains. Kemp was not injured in the accident which ISP officials say alcohol was not involved.

According to a press release from ISP, Ridinger was cited for driving left of center.

"This crash should serve as a reminder that seatbelts and air bags do save lives and reduce injuries," Ames said.

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I even hate to mention it but due to the high number of elderly people in auto accidents in the area you have to ask when at what age should we take away drivers right to drive,I think anyone past the age of 75 should not be driving due to their slower reaction time in a much faster world

-- Posted by dovelw on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 8:53 PM

Maybe the world needs to slow down. remember god willing you will get old some day also.

-- Posted by agar on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 12:18 AM

the bmv has precautions for our elderly citizens and they do have to take thier driving tests more frequently then the younger population anymore stricter then that would be an act of discrimination there are still quite a few seniors out there that are smart and quick as a whip !

-- Posted by c1iwant on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 11:37 AM

At what point do the kids either take us back and forth to work for our part-time jobs and the doctors. And how long will that last? When it starts interfearing with your work or time off, or days you don't feel good. I just believe the younger generations need to slow down and smell the roses. Get out of the fast lane. Yes I believe according to the testing, your driving rights should either be taken away or kept, What about these kids at the age 16-24? Should we take their driving rights away cause they have a wreck from being under experienced?

-- Posted by mamawof 16 on Sat, Jan 26, 2008, at 1:35 PM

Everyone has a right to a drivers license... IF they can pass the tests and will obey the laws. I'm not saying it has anything to do with age... I know individuals in their 20's, 30's, etc... that shouldn't have a license, but because they passed the test at 16,17, etc. they still have one. I honestly think there should be mandatory testing every 5-10 years for every age. Not just the elderly.

-- Posted by mhicks on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 1:31 PM

It's a good thing teens are never involved in accidents. But wait, wasn't there a cpl teens involved in fatalities recently?

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Sun, Jan 27, 2008, at 4:04 PM

First of all, let me say there are many GOOD points brought up on both sides .. now, let me throw my point out there and you tell me what you think:

How about having a driving SIMULATOR for young and old alike? I know the expense is astronomical, but in the long run, lives may be saved.

The simulator would GAUGE reaction time for the elderly in different situations (pulling in front of traffic, parking, line of sight when backing up, braking for another vehicle, speed), give the youth equal testing (how fast are you REALLY going? How long will it take you to stop? Ice on the road, burning rubber, texting while driving, cell phone useage, oops I dropped something on the floor of my car, let me bend down and get it).

The rest of the age groups could also use some driving 'etiquette' (1. both lanes on a highway are NOT the same .. stay to the right if you aren't passing, 2. don't speed up when I try to pass because you're going 75mph in a 70mph zone and don't feel anyone should be going any faster than you are, 3. Use your turn signal, every car has one, 4. make sure your brake lights/headlights work). (I'm sure you ALL have peeves .. let's hear them!! lol)

There isn't a driver (age specific) out there would wouldn't benefit from what the military refers to as "remedial training". Why every 5-10 years? Why not every 2-3?

Those who drive a lot of highway miles are more apt to engage in road rage than those who work closer to home, but everyone needs to relax and slow down. Even me. ; )

(climbs down off soap box) Thanks for reading me. :D

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 10:58 AM

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