In the news

Andrew Buc abuc at
Thu Jul 17 19:54:31 EDT 2003

** Reply to message from Robert Myers <robert at> on Thu, 17 Jul 2003
07:43:53 -0400

> In the news:  An 86 year old man plows through three blocks of pedestrians
> at a farmer's market in his Buick.

Some years ago, after a spate of these accidents, former racing driver Denise
McCluggage wrote a piece on this phenomenon for Autoweek. I thought it was
interesting that she said inappropriate braking is often a sign that a person
needs to hang up his/her car keys. People's ability to process information
deteriorates--as Ms. McCluggage put it, they're braking to stop the world, not
the car.

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