BALTIMORE (WJZ)–On average, more than one week in Maryland, an elderly driver is killed in a car accident. Talking to seniors about their driving can be a tough subject.
But as Adam May reports, this week AAA will do just that in hopes of saving lives.
A cell phone video caught a station wagon driving the wrong way on Interstate -95 near Philadelphia. Tim Fleming captured the footage just weeks ago— including the sounds of cars crashing to avoid a head-on collision. The elderly driver was going 45-50 miles an hour.
“It was crazy, man,” Fleming said. “I’m going 95 North. She’s going 95 North in the south-bound lane, in the fast lane.”
The incident caused four accidents, serving as a good example for AAA’s Elderly Driver Awareness Week.
“It’s becoming increasing important for young adults to engage their parents, not only about driver awareness, but the ability for senior drivers, as they age in this society, to continue to drive and be mobile and be safe—not only for themselves, but other motorists,” said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Regina Averella.
Elderly drivers account for 11 percent of fatal crashes in the United States and 7 percent of crashes involving injuries—like an accident a few days ago in Florida when a 74 year old hit the gas instead of the brakes, slamming into a hair salon.
AAA says there are warning signs.
“Some things to look, for example would be a series of near misses or accidents, or parents inability to read road signs, things of that nature,” Averella said.
The 84-year-old woman caught going the wrong way in Pennsylvania was arrested at her home in Delaware.