82-year-old Muskego woman drives wrong way on I-94
OAK CREEK -- An 82-year-old woman from Muskego was stopped on I-94 heading southbound on the northbound side of the freeway. She entered the freeway system on the Rawson Ave. off ramp around 7:50 a.m, and drove 3.7 miles in the emergency lane next to the median.
Milwaukee County dispatchers began getting calls from concerned drivers at 7:51 a.m. sheriff's deputies soon after the calls began.
We're told a few good Samaritans driving southbound tried to flag her down, one even jumping over the median to get her to stop.
The Sheriff's office says there were no signs of intoxication, but the woman was confused. She wasn't cited for this incident, but was ordered to retest for her driver's license.
The elderly driver was picked up by a family member, and her car was towed.
The Wisconsin State Patrol says the incident should be a wake-up call for those who question whether an elderly parent or friend is fit to drive.
"It's a difficult conversation to have. You want to approach them with tact, but if you have serious concerns about the safety of them driving, it's important to address it. For the safety of not only them but everyone else," said Trooper Nick Richards.
Richards recommends contacting a DMV and asking for the 'Be safe, not sorry' older driver workbook. A link can also be found here: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/docs/bds345.pdf