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How Old is Too Old to Drive?

Yesterday,
a man lost control of his car, which jumped the curb near an elementary
school and hit 11 people, 9 of them school children.

That in itself is unfortunate, but the story gets prominent national
attention because the driver, Preston Carter, is 100 years old:

Four of the children were seriously injured when Preston Carter backed
his blue 1990 Cadillac into the victims, who were on their way to buy
snacks from a vendor across the street from Main Street Elementary School,
authorities said.

The victims ranged in age from 14 months to 48 years old. The children,
some of whom attend the school, were in stable condition Wednesday evening,
authorities said.

Carter, a Los Angeles resident who will turn 101 on Sept. 5, has a
current driver’s license and no history of traffic violations, the Department
of Motor Vehicles said. The only restriction on his license, which is
valid until 2013, is that he wear corrective lenses.

Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez of The Los Angeles Times report: Link
(Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/LA Times)

POLL: Should There Be An Upper Age Limit for Driving?

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