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Having the Tough Conversation About Taking the Keys Away from Mom or Dad
KETTERING -- Everyday 15 senior drivers die on the roadways but many of the accidents could be prevented. Experts from AAA say some seniors take extra precautions like not driving at night, avoiding rush-hour traffic or bad weather to stay safe, but statistics show as we age our driving skills can greatly diminish. Triple AAA says two or more accidents or traffic tickets in a two year period could be an indication a senior driver should turn over their keys.
For Cindy Kline and her father World War II vet Ned Dull it was a joint decision to stop driving. He still has valid his driver's license but hasn't driven in a year and half. His daughter says she drives him anywhere he wants to go. She says it was important to let him know he was free and had his independence to come and go as he pleased but she was there to help him.
For the Koch family of Kettering it was a little more difficult to stop a parent from driving. Retired pharmacist Phil Koch says after his 85 year old mother started getting lost on the road he finally talked to her doctor and took her keys away.
Experts say if you're concerned about a senior, driver go on a ride with them and take notes. You can also go to the senior driving AAA website for more information on taking an interactive driving evaluation.
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