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Senior Driver Issues
The country's fastest growing age group is performing better on the roads as senior deaths due to traffic accidents has dropped by 40% over the last 30 years. The group, as a whole, does not drink and drive, drive after night, speed, and they obey traffic rules. Also, drivers in their sixties have the same crash rate as drivers in their thirties, and drivers in their mid to late eighties have a crash rate half that of teens and early twenties. They do, however, have the highest accident death rate.
Informing the Need for Extending Graduated Driver Licensing Restrictions

AAA: In contrast to most other countries with Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) systems, only a few U.S. jurisdictions currently extend GDL restrictions to licensed at age 18 or older. However, several recent studies have found that a substantial proportion of drivers are getting licensed at older ages, and further, that later licensure occurs disproportionately among low-income and minority drivers. A current topic of discussion in the traffic safety community is whether standard GDL policies that are applied in the U.S. for younger novice drivers should be applied to older novices not presently covered by them. This study examines how overall, injury, nighttime, and passenger crashes over the initial four years of licensure differ for novice drivers licensed at different ages.

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Rates of Motor Vehicle Crashes, Injuries, and Deaths in Relation to Driver Age

AAA: This Research Brief provides updated statistics on rates of crashes, injuries and death per mile driven in relation to driver age based on the most recent data available, from 2014-2015. Drivers ages 16-17 continue to have the highest rates of crash involvement, injuries to themselves and others and deaths of others in crashes in which they are involved. Drivers age 80 and older have the highest rates of driver deaths. Drivers ages 60-69 were the safest drivers by most measures examined.

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Older Population Traffic Safety Facts - 2014 Data
In 2014, there were 5,709 people 65 and older killed and an estimated 221,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Elderly people made up 17% of all traffic fatalities and 9% of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year.

       

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Is Age a Factor in Crashes at Channelized Right-Turn Lanes?
Is Age a Factor in Crashes at Channelized Right-Turn Lanes?
An Exploration of Potential Relationships

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Transportation Research Circular: Taxonomy and Terms for Stakeholders in Senior Mobility
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Traffic Safety Facts 2014 Data: Older Population
NHTSA: In 2014 there were 5,709 people 65 and older killed and an estimated 221,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Older people made up 17 percent of all traffic fatalities and 9 percent of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year.

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