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I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf
    #7438607 - 09/22/07 12:26 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

I thought there were requirements about being able to hear horns/sirens.

But I found out differently when I got into an accident today.  I was in the fast lane on the freeway at speed (about 70) when traffic suddenly backed up.  You know how it is, one minute its flying along and the next it comes to a screeching halt.  I was stopping, and had just enough room to not hit anyone in front of me, but I instictively checked the rear-view mirror and saw a car bearing down on me at full speed.  I gassed it and shot for the lane to my right but didn't get out of the way in time.  BAM!  She stuck her little Honda under the back end of the F-250 work truck I was driving.

I got out and went back to check on her.  She was a very pretty 19 year old girl.  But immediately she pulled out a notepad and let me know she was deaf.  She was pretty shaken up but not injured.  I tried to calm her down and scribbled a couple notes back and forth to make sure she was OK and let her know I would contact the police.  She gave me her Mom's phone number and had me call her.

Her car was seriously smunched and had to be towed.  I drove the worktruck home with minimal damage.  This evening her Mom called me to thank me for how I handled it.  I told her I was just glad everone was OK and not to worry about it.  The Mom seems like a really nice lady and she obviously worries about her daughter.  I'm sure this incident won't help that!  But like I told her, these things just happen.  The girl said she looked at something to the left (oncoming side of freeway) and when she looked back she was already on top of me.  Its just the kind of thing that can happen to anyone.

Anyway, next time you holler at someone and call them an asshole in traffic they just might not hear you. :smirk:


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7438622 - 09/22/07 12:28 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

my cousin is a deaf driver. i don't think he's ever been in an accident either, which is good because he drives a shitty little bug.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7438625 - 09/22/07 12:29 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

hahaha

glad everyone was ok.:thumbup:


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: JonnyOnTheSpot]
    #7438641 - 09/22/07 12:31 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

so are you going to drive her to work from now on?


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7438723 - 09/22/07 12:53 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah; they give driver's licenses to the blind too.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: JunkFood]
    #7438731 - 09/22/07 12:57 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

and midgets...


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: JunkFood]
    #7438758 - 09/22/07 01:03 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

in Georgia there are signs all over neighborhoods reading "CAUTION DEAF CHILD."
i dont really get it myself but someone once gave me some shit story about it being something about them not being able to hear a school bus honking for them in the morning but i find that to be complete and utter bullshit.
school busses here never fucking wait for you. they never fucking honk for you either. you walk half a mile to some designated spot where they pick up a group of 10-20 of you at a time.
it may have been a few years since ive been in school but ive still driven by at 6am at seen those fuckers standing by the stop sign at 6am waiting for the bus.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: elcharrosays]
    #7438824 - 09/22/07 01:21 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Well they have those Caution: Deaf Child signs because they are running around playing, and might not hear a car coming up on them if they are crossing the street. Kids do dumb shit, like chase a ball into the road, and deaf kids are no exception.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: Lily_Morgan]
    #7438848 - 09/22/07 01:31 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

point taken. wouldnt you figure deaf kids parents would have that covered though? i mean i know if i had a kid with such a disability i wouldnt let them run around the yard/road without supervision.

this is america though so what can you say. cant put too much faith in the system, nor in the common sense of its populace.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7440483 - 09/22/07 03:13 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

as a lesson to her i would have had a cop come by and have her placed at fault for the accident
it,s obvious she is a bad driver, she,ll probably think nothing of it and maybe next time kill someone on a motorcycle, "oh i was just looking out at a pretty birdie in that field and then there was this thing in front of me" i,m not cool with all these bad drivers in the states


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: 5150]
    #7440900 - 09/22/07 05:49 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Cops did come.
She was cited.
Her insurance will pay.
Her insurance premiums will go up.

I'm pretty sure she learned a lesson and will be more attentive in the future. But I don't think its fair to suggest she was being reckless. Its one of those things that can happen to anyone if you drive on the freeways a lot. And you are an arrogant fool if you think it couldn't happen to you.

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i,m not cool with all these bad drivers in the states



What does being in the states have to do with driving ability? I've been in many countries and its pretty much the same anywhere you go. It just so happens that in some places (like Southern California for example) people spend much more time on the roads thus increasing their chances of being in an accident. Its suprising how few I've had when you consider the amount of time I spend on the roads.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #7499034 - 10/08/07 09:16 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

It's pretty easy to drive if you're deaf. Deaf people generally have better eyesight (like how blind people tend to have better hearing) and will pay more attention visual wise. I've never been in an accident, and I've always managed to pull over to let an ambulance (or any emergency vehicle) pass me. Even with the stereo blasting.
It's just a matter of paying attention to your rear view mirror and what's going on around you.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: Sheepish]
    #7499139 - 10/08/07 09:41 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

At this place i used to work, we had a deaf guy that drove to work every day. When he would get in and start his van...he couldn't hear if he started it, and would just keep cranking it after it was started. It was pretty funny at the time.


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Re: I didn't realize they gave drivers licenses to the deaf [Re: enesi]
    #7499368 - 10/08/07 10:29 PM (13 years, 9 months ago)

I have no experience with this, but they do give drivers liscences to crazy people. this 25 year old guy I worked with(he swept the floor in a grocery store ALL day, that is all) he was messed up.

here are quotes of fhis, and yes they are this random

"I look like Rocky!"
"Adrian!!"
"You look like dawlf(sp?)" (the blonde guy from rocky"
"I look like britney spears, we have brown hair"
"I look like t-rex"
"there are ghost in my basement, I don't like it down there. I don't talk to them"
"george bush is a terrorist"
"george bush is gay. Im not gay, i like girls"
"good people go to heaven. terrorists go to hell"

on 9/11/07 "I'm not allowed to go upstairs today" "Why?" I ask. "terrorists"

he wanted to be my roomate and play wii all day.

"scoooooooooooooooowoooooooop" (at least 3 times a day)

"I saw a terrorist on the back dock when I was eating lunch. I almost called the police"

I do not know why, this guy was like in love with me of all the people in the store he clung to me.

"you look like pamela anderrson, you have blonde hair. she has big boobs hahahahahaha(in a high pitched laugh)"

ah I miss that kid. he brightened my day whenever I saw him. He was so happy(probably due to his meds)

"I take my medicine today, it makes me happy"


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