A lack of state funding is deferring the implementation of some measures to help identify at-risk older drivers. But Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers said his office is continuing to take a pro-active approach toward drivers older than 65 whose numbers continue to grow in the state. Confronting an older relative about the need review their driving skills is rarely an enviable task.
Archive for July, 2012
Jack Berman may not always know what he had for breakfast yesterday, but he knows he shouldn’t get behind the wheel.
“I could kill someone,” the 84-year-old said.
Berman is a Korean War veteran and one-time traffic engineer who helped install Portland’s first traffic lights. A few years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to give up driving. It was his doctor’s decision, not his, but Berman recognizes that it was the right thing to do.
On Friday , an 88-year-old Scarborough man was driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 in Portland. A state trooper quickly acted and set up a head-on crash to stop that driver. Two days earlier an 83-year-old South Portland man did a U-turn in Portland, killing a motorcyclist.
Both incidents could have been avoided if these drivers had chosen to stop driving and seek rides from ITNPortland, which provides affordable rides 24/7 for any purpose within 15 miles of Portland to seniors and the visually impaired.