Some elderly drivers should give up keys

To the editor:

On Sunday afternoon Jan. 24, I was driving northeast on Holmes Road in Pittsfield when an elderly woman pulled out of a side street heading into my lane not noticing that I was in it. She also did not notice my blasting horn. Fearing an immanent collision, I slammed on my brakes, stopping inches short of her passenger side. When she noticed my car practically on top of her, she shrugged her shoulders, oblivious to what had just happened, and continued on her way.

I just sat for a couple of seconds to collect myself, my heart racing, glad I had quick reflexes and good brakes. I saw a truck in my rear view mirror and started to drive, glad I avoided a bad crash.

I think there are some people out there who need to recognize when it is time to get rid of those car keys.

Meryl Thomson, Dalton