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Petition for Safer Senior Citizen Driving

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CJ McCallon, a 19 year old resident of Belen, was killed on July 5, 2006 by 88 year old Eugene Sallee. Mr. Sallee went north onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.\'s exit ramp and proceeded north on the southbound lanes of I-25. CJ McCallon had just left his workplace (Roto-Rooter) and was traveling south on his motorcyle. Mr. Sallee side-swiped a truck and continued north until he collided head on with an SUV containing a woman and her 1 and 2 year old children. CJ McCallon couldn\'t avoid the accident right in front of him and suffered fatal head injuries despite the fact he was wearing a helmet. Mr. Sallee was in critical condition upon arrival at the hospital and died later. CJ was declared dead on arrival. CJ was full of life and love. He had a fiancee and a 16 month old daughter. He loved family, friends, reptiles, dogs, cars, and motorcyles. CJ\'s life meant something and continues to mean something today. His life and death will hopefully mean the beginning of safer roads in New Mexico and everywhere. This petition is to keep unsafe older drivers off the road. For their safety and for people like CJ McCallon. The GOAL of this petition is for the elderly to take a driving test every year. The elderly already have to take a written test and an eye test, but lets take this a step further. I, Kristen Peterson, CJ\'s cousin, plan to get as many signatures as I can before December 31, 2006. In January I will send it to Representative Heather Wilson or whoever is currently in office. I will send this to anyone in local government until my cause, our cause, is heard.


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