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Wis. Officer's Head-On Crash

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An Augusta (Wis.) Police officer was struck head on by a driver as he sat in his police SUV during a traffic stop. The officer recovered and radioed for help. Read the full story here.

November 15, 2012

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Robocop @ 11/20/2012 10:43 AM

Thank God the Officer was not hurt anymore than just banged up. The 71 yr old caused the crash because he is 71 years old! No doubt he did not belong behind the wheel and his family probably knew it but did not want to take his keys away as then they would have to drive him places and they could not be bothered. People over 70 should be tested and given a road test every year or two depending on how he or she did the previous year. If say a 70 yr old is healthy and alert and has remained in good physical and mental shape then yes, he can go as long as say three years before being re-tested but someone who is 65 and is a bit unhealthy looking or suspected of not being a good driver because of his physical or mental health should be tested and road tested and then have to do so again in no more than one year and if borderline then in 6 months. Too many elderly drivers are getting killed and killing others when they should not be behind the wheel. I took my Dad's keys and license from him when he was 72 and it broke my heart and really angered him. He had been a professional driver all his life and a very good one at that but his health deteriorated so I had to save his life and maybe someone elses. I then took him wherever he had to go someplace. I hope my kids do the same for me. It will also be hard as I probably will not realize I and driving poorly, after all, I have been a police officer and even trained others in pursuit driving. Heck, I even drove race cars and was very good at it and now I pick up and deliver new cars. Still, someday.

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