Hand over the keys: How to (possibly) lose your license

And, in another dog-bites-man story from The Associated Press (emphasis mine):

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police say an elderly couple, aged 100 and 99, who drove the wrong way along a highway for more than a mile in New Zealand before crashing will probably be asked to surrender their driver’s licenses.

OK, where to begin? Granted, there were consequences involved, but I can relate to being a little confused at times on the road. I don’t know how many times I’ve lectured my kids on the importance of wisely choosing who they hang out with; now I have a concrete example. Not only does the driver in this case face losing his license, but so does the passenger.

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt (or crashes the car). The story continues:

Calder said Tuesday the pair are unlikely to face charges and that police are still trying to determine who was driving the car at the time of the incident and how they ended up going the wrong way.

OK, here are a few guesses: The man was driving. He was lost and his wife was asking if he knew where he was going. He couldn’t hear her. Despite the onslaught of oncoming traffic and the pleas of his panicked wife, he plowed ahead. Chaos ensues.

In my previous post, I linked to research about how our eye sees things a split second ahead of our brains and then our brains, predicting the future, act accordingly. I think I’ve just seem my future about 60 years ahead. Unless my wife takes the keys.

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One thought on “Hand over the keys: How to (possibly) lose your license

  1. Heh heh heh. Sheesh.

    IMO, driving is a necessary evil anyway. I truly wish I could get around town via my feet, bike or public transit anyway. Or a moped. The car would still be a good option for travel between states. Where we go most often you can’t fly into anyway.

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