Norm Timms, 70, walks away from his car after a two vehicle accident on the Bruce Highway. His car was pushed into The Caves service station and stopped on top of a fuel bowser, taking out a give way sign in the process. Photo Rachael Conaghan / The Morning Bulletin
Norm Timms, 70, walks away from his car after a two vehicle accident on the Bruce Highway. His car was pushed into The Caves service station and stopped on top of a fuel bowser, taking out a give way sign in the process. Photo Rachael Conaghan / The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

Accident victim hits back at proposed older driver test

I WOULD like to respond to comment made by Mr Len Rewald, Gracemere (T M B January 18) about older people doing some kind of driving test.

As the person that was involved in the MVA on the 9th and also being 70 years of age, I would like to inform this gentleman, that I have been driving since I was 17 years of age and this was my first accident and point out that I did not cause this accident and my age was not the contributing factor.

I Tried to take evasive action but the other driver (who was 50 years my junior) did not stop and took the right of way from me.

I was asked to give a breath test at the accident site which came back negative to drugs or alcohol and did not receive a traffic violation ticket for causing the accident

Also I have had only one speeding ticket in 53 years of driving, that was because several years ago the 70klm speed limit on the Moore Creek road between Norman Rd & Yamba Rd was changed to 60 klm and did not notice the change. Plus I have undertaken a Defence Driving course at Mt Cotton during my Ambulance service.

I don't think that there would be many drivers younger than myself who would have the same driving record.

Arrogance , Alcohol and driving stupidity are the main accident factors.

 

NWH, Timms,

Bungundarra



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