While a majority of accidents and incidents on the road occur during inclement weather or as the result of aggressive driving, even clear days can pose a hazard if drivers aren’t attentive enough. Unfortunately, this happened to one driver in California, as they drove their Pontiac Bonneville onto a construction site.
According to a report from KSEE/KGPE, an allegedly disoriented senior citizen found their way onto a construction site near Mountain View and Chestnut Avenues in California. Somehow, the driver managed to wind up atop a cliff, with the front wheels of the Pontiac Bonneville dangling off the edge.
Fortunately, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were able to respond in a timely manner and rescue the senior driver from his predicament. Miraculously, no one was injured as a result of the incident.
Upon their rescue, the senior citizen was taken to a place of safety and provided with any assistance they may have needed. In addition, the CHP will recommend a DMV driver license reevaluation, and have temporarily removed the vehicle from the senior’s possession until such an evaluation takes place.
It’s worth noting that the CHP also hinted at keeping an eye out for “Age Well Drive Smart” classes for seasoned drivers, which is an upcoming course designed to discuss safe driving habits and when it may be time to hang up the keyfob.
While this unintentional accident thankfully ended with no injuries, Pontiac drivers have been shown to be some of the safest drivers around. A recent study found that both Pontiac and Saturn drivers had one of the lowest number of driving incidents per 1,000 drivers nationally, with Pontiac drivers showing 16.24 incidents per 1,000 drivers, and Saturn drivers showing 16.84 incidents per 1,000 drivers. For reference, Ram had the highest number of incidents per 1,000 drivers nationally at 32.90.