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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 10:27:22 AM

Vernell Ingram is making a mockery of Texas law. She's 83. She drove the wrong way onto a busy freeway and her mistake caused her to hit a man on a motorcycle head-on, nearly killing him. Last week, a Parker County jury delivered a verdict of more than $5 million in a civil suit connected to this case.

But guess what? Vernell Ingram still has her driver's license and is still driving. In a video deposition, Ingram testified the accident never happened. "Read my lips," she said. "I don't remember. I put it out of my mind. I've tried to keep some of this off of my mind."

Photographs and witnesses convinced the jury otherwise, WFAA, the ABC-TV affiliate reports.

They decided she drove the wrong way down an...

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deant99
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 10:43:09 PM

This really needs to be addressed. I was going to use a gun parody but this speaks for itself.
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Farquon
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:17:28 PM

This woman is dangerous.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 8:46:26 PM

I'am now becoming one of the older generation, and guess what I have seen some younger ones that should be taken off the road also. A lot of the foreign drivers are no better and the middle aged women are the worst especially the soccer Mom's. So its not just the older ones its every one. What ever happened to road courtesy, oh yeah that was replaced by the Me Generation or the wise guys who are late and think they will never be caught. It shows that the police department do not do their jobs either. You use to get a ticket for driving with one head light or driving with snow over your windows, or young children in the front seats. It seems we are all to blame in becoming lax in doing the right thing, instead of grumbling about the old timers all the time. While I have seen some that do need to be retested I have also seen those that I don't understand how they received their license's in the first place. This past winter here in W.I. we had a young woman driving the wrong way on the freeway and a drunk using a wal-mart electric chair on the freeway the wrong way. Neither were elderly! It is happening all over Hey while we are on the subject how about all those driving drunks with out a license? Come on people the laws are not being inforced , the police are not doing their jobs and all you can do is cry about the elderly! I do agree that this Lady has no business being on the road but neither do a lot of other people!!!!
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 8:41:47 PM

:::::Geezers and texters - get 'em off the roads!:::


Nope, get all the under 30 off the road. They are the drunks, druggies, texters, tailgaters, and generally the most irresponsible PITA drivers. the geezers are among the only sane drivers on the road.
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The_Waysiders
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 2:24:51 PM

Geezers and texters - get 'em off the roads!
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Trinor
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2014 10:20:02 PM

That's not a loophole, that's blatant f'ing stupidity! How is she not in jail for attempted vehicular homicide? Did she babysit the judge that presided over the trial?
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mbfd302
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 12:26:06 AM

Young girl in Fl. did same thing, "to drunk to care". Might not deny that it happened.
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mbfd302
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 12:23:22 AM

Yes she is old, it happens to young drivers also. The young might not say it never happened though.
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magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2014 9:01:49 PM

Here in wisconsin a younger woman did the same bloody thing, she was drop dead drunk too. So it not just the seniors my friend. Oh yeah last I heard that she was planning on fighting the charges. Way to go , these judges need to hand out stiffer penalty's and stick to your guns. No excuses for what some people do on our roads.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 3:06:15 PM

While alcoholism/drug addiction plagues many drivers under 30.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 12:24:49 PM

Dementia is one danger that plagues many drivers over 80.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 8:42:03 AM

::::::Heck, what not make everyone retake their driving test every two years.:::::


The states are unable to test new drivers as it is. The states are broke. It takes a long time to get an appointment to get your road test for the first licence.

Where are the busted out states going to get the funds/personnel to test millions of elders?
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benjy
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2013 6:10:58 AM

every year after 75.
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kgoen0663
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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2013 7:09:37 AM

I can see everyone is upset about this driver. However, making everyone having a driving test at some age is like opening a can of worms. Where will the cut off age be? and who will demand then that it be lowered again when another such accident happens with a younger driver. Heck, what not make everyone retake their driving test every two years. That would make the state happy collecting those extra fees from drivers. I do agree if a driver has multiple accidents they should be retested at any age.
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rich13251
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 10:38:17 PM

Hey, a sixteen year old can drive drunk kill 4 people and injure 9 others and he get 10 yrs probation. Old lady should get off too.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2013 11:36:35 PM

One elderly bad driver is absolutely no excuse to target the elderly in such a blatantly discriminatory manner.

The real dangers out there are the texters and the druggies/drunks. Mostly teens and twentysomethings. Not the elderly, they are the safest and best drivers. Catch the texters and prosecute them. I deal with texters every day now. I've offered testimony once for the victim of a texter.
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wrangler63
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:22:24 AM

Mandatory testing beyond a determined age is the answer. Not many seniors willingly surrender their driving privledges.
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jb107
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 7:44:39 PM

There are many unsafe drivers out there. Especially the young. They don't get the training most of the older people have had. Older---should be on a case by case basis. Take and pass driver's test.
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 6:44:51 PM

big mac64..................has the true answer !
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JOHNJOEYJOE
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 3:46:53 PM

This is just WRONG. This is as bad as allowing a driver with multiple DUI's/DWI's to continue to drive. All states should mandate new driving test, both written and road, for anyone over the age of 70 still driving. I choose 70 because most people retired by that age.
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baldyIL
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2013 10:30:56 AM

would she drive anyways if her license was revoked? hmm
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s6sputnik
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2013 3:06:10 PM

Bad idea
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nru
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2013 7:30:09 AM

why I have the keys to my dad's car in my safety deposit box
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SBlouch
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2013 4:01:33 AM

This same report was posted about 2 weeks ago as I remember that she stated the accident didn't happen and she didn't remember.
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leo3614
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2013 9:37:22 PM

Maybe as we get older we get stubborn... so much for wise
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LQQKGAS
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2013 9:18:16 AM


How do you know that taking away a drivers license will stop a person from driving anyway?
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alchrisw
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 11:49:28 PM

My Mom quit when she should have. That really suprised me! I was very happy she had the common sense to quit!
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USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2013 6:34:14 PM

It's hard to surrender up the boredom you get from driving as you age. Hope I have the common sense to quit as I get older.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 7:25:20 AM

pete: problem with some old drivers is that they are very stubborn and don't care for that little plastic card.
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Pete12
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2013 10:11:20 PM

She should have had her license revoked.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2013 1:11:56 AM

tidal: so true, esp. in this town...
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2013 12:23:55 AM

That is scary...
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prius22
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:55:57 PM

Pesky loopholes.
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NICKIBABY
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:26:05 PM

SURE!
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endymion
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:40:38 AM

Need to close this loophole!!!
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:00:06 AM

Yet we still see teenagers driving with reckless abandonment and no change ;)
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phil42
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:54:49 AM

Texas? What a surprise.
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bston
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:32:15 AM

At some certain point seasoned drivers should be required to retake the drivers exam because it refreshes points they may have forgotten.
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wamster
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:22:00 AM

The law needs to be amended. This is wrong when someone can have a license and they are impaired, whether young or old.
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NilesBishop
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 7:39:26 AM

Sorry, I'm 50 and heading into my "golden years" and would have no problem every 4 years having to take an eye test and some other form of cognitive test to make sure I can still drive. I was hit by an 83 year old man who "swears" I must have run a 4 way stop sign even though I not only stopped but waited for him to stop before entering the intersection. He never saw my car cross and hit me in the rear of the car because his vision was terrible.
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chuckohio
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:24:31 AM

It is up to family members to tell their loved ones when it is time to give up driving once they start having problems from old age. This is very hard to do, but is better than the government telling people they are too old to drive.
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jflabbe96
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:14:22 AM

She sounds like a real treat.
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dar 1
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:10:16 AM

So what if they win 5 million bucks if she aint got nothing thats all they will get nothing....
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camaro_man
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:08:55 AM

Need to have stricker & inforceable laws in place.
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fillerupyeoww
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:08:46 AM

This happens all the time... old, young, drunk, on the phone, asleep at the wheel, etc.

Slow down and pay attention. A motorcycle should have been able to see a car headed directly at him, right or wrong.
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bikerWI
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:08:24 AM

Not good.
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big_mac64
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:07:10 AM

More young people are dangerous drivers compared to older folk...
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gougenator
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:02:50 AM

////A lot of teenagers are unsafe drivers, a lot of 20s are unsafe drivers. some in there 30s, 40s and 50s are not safe drivers. Don't just pick on the old farts, a lot of safe old farts on the road. ///

sounds like fingerpointing
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gougenator
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:00:47 AM

GOSH this is worse than texting!
then again we got a corrupt 'dont care' govt too!

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alphanyr
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:00:38 AM

Fix it
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friday21
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:00:14 AM

Lot of loop holes everywhere
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