Monday, January 21, 2019

Stupid old man

No, not me this time. An even older man who should be wise given he has lived to the age of 97. What is that stupid old Royal doing driving at the age of 97? Not only did he smash into a car and injure the driver and passenger, his entitlement saw that a replacement vehicle was delivered almost immediately and then we see him driving the new car without wearing a seatbelt. You may think he would only harm himself if he was not wearing a seatbelt, but think about the emergency services that might have to extract a splattered prince from his car.

Never mind the police giving him an eyesight test. They should have immediately taken away his driving licence, assuming he has and needs one.

It seems the car accident was his fault, and so should be charged with the appropriate driving offence. Goodness knows, his daughter has been charged often enough with speeding offences in her various vehicles.  And I am sure he has an adequate number of lackeys to get him what he wants without having to drive himself.

The Royal conveyance on its side and all broke. Photo from The Guardian.


If the police don't do their job, then perhaps Ma'me needs to exercise her feminine or royal authority and say, Philly, enough is enough. Hand me the keys. Now!

I don't care what anyone says, driving above the age of 70 can be problematic, driving above the age of 80 is risky. Above 90 is downright dangerous and there is no way anyone over 90 should have a car driving license. As we note, even tootling to the local village shops is a risk.

(Sometimes blog posts are hard to write and can be quite time consuming, but this one was quick and  just such great fun to write. What an easy target, a poor old 97 year old man. Am I guilty of elder abuse?)

29 comments:

  1. He epitomises privileged old white man doesn't he?

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    1. EC, very much so. Born to rule.

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  2. Indeed. I agree with you and EC.

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  3. Fancy picking on a 97 yr old man just because he caused an accident and wants to drive on a public road without wearing a seat belt. Shame on you Andrew!

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    1. Sorry Marie. I know you hold him in high esteem.

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  4. Anonymous9:37 am

    Next time it will be because he can't tell drive from reverse. Back to the horse and carriage for him. - Ian

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    1. Ian, or foot on the accelerator instead of the brake. How often do we hear of that.

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  5. Are you guilty of elder abuse? No, you are not. After 80, drivers should be tested EVERY single year and if there is a problem with vision, alcohol or reaction time, the licence should be removed immediately. It is not fun when our dads aren't allowed to drive any more... but the risks to the rest of the population would be intolerable.

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    1. Hels, you are right, especially in your summary that they are a risk to rest of the population.

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  6. How many weeks since he had the hip replacement and before that several UTI's and the flu and several falls. I think there's a bit of creeping dementia in that Royal head.

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    1. Jah Teh, possibly. I expect only Her Maj can tell him what to do.

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  7. Hey! I'm 74...and I sure hope I've still got a few more driving years in me. I've just come back from driving to the local shops etc. I'd hate not to be able to drive...and there is no public transport up here, anyway. I never go down to the Gold Coast...that doesn't turn me on. I will have to go down to Beaudesert in a week or two...it's a small country town about 37kms west of here...down the other side of the mountain. That's okay as it's not hectic like the motorways and city traffic. And time will not be of the essence.

    I doubt very much I'll still be around when I'm 97...and I doubt very much if I am around when I'm 97 I won't be driving. That is pushing the limits, I reckon!

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    1. Lee, is there any community transport in your area for the elderly who may have never driven or are no longer able to. You are obviously competent in many areas, driving included I am sure.

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    2. The Aged Care facility here on the mountain has a vehicle that transports the residents around when needed, but that is all as far as I am aware.

      There is a taxi...maybe there are two taxis...I don't know.

      I have my own car...a little Toyota Echo...I don't need a huge car for my purposes...and I am quite capable of driving. I prefer to be independent...and hope the status quo remains for some time yet.

      If my current situation ends, I guess I will just have to swing from tree to tree to get to where I want to go! :)

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  8. I thought the same when I heard the news. Why is a 97 year old driving? And why, being a member of the Royal family doesn't he have a driver to drive him around?
    Don't understand how the following day he's back behind the wheel and with no seat-belt on!!

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    1. Sami, isn't that so obvious, that he would have someone to drive him. And at a royal age of 97, can't he order in things?

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  9. That's privilege taken to extreme. Lock him up in a senility home.

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    1. Strayer, which senility royal palace or castle do you suggest?

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  10. Not at all guilty. 97 is far too old to be driving especially since he has had health issues in the past and is no longer 100% well.
    My mother in law gave up driving the day she accidentally side swiped a parked car. I don't remember how old she was at the time, but it was quite some time ago. In her early 70s I think. She is soon to be 94.

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    1. River, I think many give up driving in their 70s, but my late Step Father was still a good driver before he died, in his early eighties. Step Mother still drives in her early eighties, as does her older partner, but neither probably should. I had no idea your mother in law was still around. Do you see her?

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    2. Heck no, I never even go to her town.

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  11. I agree with you completely ! On top he didn't even present his excuses to the injured woman ! He has enough parks to drive around in private and not to be a danger on public roads. In Italy since a long time from 65 on you have to make a test if you are still able to drive. I still like to drive and never had an accident, and my friends always ask me to drive, because they don't feel sure anymore and only drive during the day and around Waterloo never into Brussels. I don't mind to drive to Amsterdam or elsewhere but this is a question of character and I would stop immediately if I wouldn't feel sure anymore.

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    1. Gattina, what you say is so right. You said you will know when you become incompetent as a car driver. Somewhat younger, even I can see my driving skills are not what as good as when I was younger. Why can't people look at themselves?

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  12. I agree. At some point, hard as it is, you have to just stop driving. And it´s a shame there are no consequences, too.
    "elder abuse" made me grin, though. Coming along from Sami´s place btw.

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    1. Hi Iris. I have seen you out and about, perhaps at Sami's. Isn't Sami so lovely. There may well be consequences for The Prince. Let British justice take its course.

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  13. I'm 70 and the nearest supermarket is 30 kms away, the road is 100 kms speed limit and full of loaded logging B-doubles doing 110 kph. One of them threw up a stone and cracked the windscreen. $700 excess on my RACV
    I have glasses prescribed for driving now, so I can better spot those silly roadside kangaroos.
    My idea of dangerous drivers are the darlings doin it in stilt heeled shoes

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    1. 70 Annie? I had no idea, but you have been around for a while. Thanks for the info on the cracked screen. The car we gave to Ex Sister in Law has a stone chip in the windscreen, right where out apartment sticker sits. So it will be $700 for them to get that right. We are not paying. We paid the insurance for one year and the rego until April.

      Dangerous drivers I can cope with. It is the stupid drivers that I really want to kill.

      Thinking about you and Copper Witch today. You are both still commenting on my blog and no others have stuck around for so long. Thanks hon.

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  14. I have a feeling after all this there may be a few changes made Andrew. They should have nabbed him straight off for the no safety belt. Surely for his own and everyone else's safety the time has come.. hand it over old chap 😀

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