Senior hits two fences in one day

THE debate over more testing for older drivers has been reignited after an 80-year-old man crashed through two different fences at Maryborough on Wednesday.

At 10.50am, the man appeared to press the accelerator instead of the brake, hitting a sign and travelling through several front yards before crashing into a fence on the corner of Churchill St and Lennox St.

Police said the same man crashed into another fence on the same intersection about 3.30pm that day, with the car in the second crash coming to rest in a backyard pool area.

Maryborough Towing owner Chris Sawyer says the incident is only one of many that continue to happen in the Heritage City.

He recounted an incident earlier this year when an elderly driver confused the pedals and ran his car on to the busy footpath on Adelaide St in the CBD.

"A lady had to run to get out of the way," he said.

Only last week, Mr Sawyer attended a crash at Station Square shopping centre when an elderly man again confused the pedals and went straight on to the footpath.

"I can think of so many," he said. "Two fatalities come to mind."

He said another crash that sent a car into a residential fence on Wednesday morning had been caused by an elderly driver going straight through a stop sign.

Mr Sawyer, who attends more than 100 crashes a year on the Fraser Coast, said he saw too many incidents caused by the same elderly drivers.

"It is a selfish thing to want to keep it (a licence) when you know you can't," he said.

 

Older driver report

The Queensland Government releases a report early next month on recommendations for laws governing drivers over the age of 75. Police officers, medical experts, motoring groups and academics are on the report committee.



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