A former driver who was forced to take a two-month suspension for speeding in California says it’s not safe for a young driver to drive.
Craig O’Connor, who was driving his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe off the roadway in the state’s Northern California mountains last month, said the car is still capable of handling the task of driving in off-roading conditions.
But O’Conner, a 37-year-old father of two, said he’s concerned about the safety of young people driving the vehicles.
The Tahoe was equipped with two air bags, a rear spoiler, side and front fog lights, and a roof rack.
The rear suspension was lowered and a rear-view camera was mounted, he said.
“The front end of the car was still able to handle the load,” he said in an interview.
I was able to keep up with a car going at 120 miles per hour, and it’s just not safe.
“But O ‘Conner said he didn’t take his car into the mountains and risk the safety net of airbags.
In his own car, O’Connell said he was able stop at a gas station for gas and get gas, and he was not distracted by the sights of the surrounding mountains.
He said he took the Tahoe for about 20 miles and drove back to the road, but that his car didn’t start and his tires didn’t turn.
His car was eventually towed from the road after being damaged by snow.
A California Highway Patrol spokesman said the agency would be contacting O’Connors insurance company, who will have to reimburse him.