Of course it’s in Florida, where else did you expect it to be? Apparently all the Olds in America’s Elephant Graveyard can’t stop driving into post offices, with eight incidents already this year. This has become such a problem that the US Postal Service, in a desperate plea to to prevent more carnage, has issued a set of guidelines to prevent distracted driving. For some reason, one of the guidelines is not “Do Not Be Old”:
Local ABC affiliate WWSB7 reports that the tips include, “Avoid distracted driving; Proceed slowly and carefully when pulling in, and backing out, of parking spaces; Visibly check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal,”
And a brief sample of the incidents:
07/02/2012; Fruitland Park. Customer pulled into the wrong parking lot and was going to back out. He did not realize the vehicle was in drive and stepped on the accelerator, driving into the retail area.
6/14/2012; Lakeland MPO. Customer was sitting in vehicle talking to husband, put foot on the gas instead of the brake, ran over the curb and knocked down a light pole.
3/5/2012; Goldenrod. Customer drove vehicle into front lobby of PO. Customer
thought she was pressing brake pedal as she was parking in handicap parking spot in front of PO. Instead she pushed gas pedal and drove vehicle into one of the building’s mail supports.