Helping Senior Drivers Stay Sharp

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LA MESA -- Senior drivers  can have the same accident rates as teenage boys. Police are offering resources to help older drivers keep their driving skills up as health declines. See Traffic Information Below.

Case Highlights:
On January 15, 2013, at approximately 7:05 PM, La Mesa Police responded to a radio call of two subjects attempting to break into a vehicle at the La Mesa Indoor Soccer Park, located at 9586 Murray Drive, La Mesa. As La Mesa Police officers arrived on scene, the suspects attempted to flee the area by running through the business and into a neighboring gas station. A short foot pursuit ensued and officers apprehended both suspects with assistance from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department helicopter ASTREA. Officers also located the suspects’ vehicle in the parking lot at the Soccer Park and discovered additional stolen property in the vehicle. Kevin McCARTHY, a 34-year-old from San Diego, was arrested for 11377(a) H&S—Possession of a Controlled Substance, 664/459 PC—Attempted Burglary, and 496(a) PC—Possession Stolen Property. Christopher BUCK, a 30-year-old from San Diego, was arrested for 664/459 PC—Attempted Burglary and 496(a) PC—Possession of Stolen Property. Anyone with information regarding this case or any additional cases involving these two suspects is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department. You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or You can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.
Traffic Information:

SAN DIEGO COUNTY - For the sixth year, the California Office of Traffic Safety is pumping money into the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to help keep our streets safe. Their target is senior drivers and their goal is to promote safe driving, sharpen senior citizens’ driving skills and keep people who should not be driving from getting behind the wheel. They asked 80-year-old Don Thorson how he would feel if the California Department of Motor Vehicles told him he was too old to drive. “I’d tell ‘em to go to hell,” he said with a chuckle.

Dr. Linda Hill, a clinical professor at UCSD, said men over 80 have the same crash rate as teenage boys. Often, she said, it is because of health conditions, which are much more common and frequent as people age. Thorson said he thought it was more important to assess the individual, not the age, and he may be right. Experts say that the best solution is preventing a problem by talking to loved ones, reaching out to a medical professional to get screening and treatment plans in place and discuss alternate transportation if there is a need.

 Click Here for DMV senior safe driver guide.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Are you prepared for an emergency? Consider attending a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy, FREE disaster training taught by members of Heartland Fire & Rescue. The 2013 class schedule is available now at These FREE CERT lessons will train you in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training taught in the classroom and during drill exercises, CERT members will be better prepared to also assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a disaster or other unexpected event when professional responders are not immediately available.
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