Milford senior criticizes elderly drivers

(07/17/03) NORWALK - The scene in Santa Monica, California was horrific after the 86-year-old Russell Weller ran down dozens of people at a farmers market Wednesday. Southwestern Connecticut senior citizen William Glover says the elderly man should never have been behind the wheel.

Glover says he won't be driving at that age. "In two years, I'm going to be 82 and I'm quitting driving then," said the Milford resident. "I'm giving it up whether they want me too or not," he added.

AARP instructor Ernest Vince teaches a driving safety course for motorists over 50. The program helps older drivers improve their skills and develop defensive driving techniques. And he stresses that family members must take action when it's time for a senior to put on the brakes and get off the road.

Currently in Connecticut, seniors are not required to retake a driving or vision test as they get older. But if they take a driving safety course, they do get a discount on insurance.

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