Sunday, December 8, 2013

Still Driving? Read This.

USA Today ran a story from Matt Schmitz at regarding an announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is working on a five year strategic plan for improving safety for drivers and passengers who are elderly.  According to the article, the NHTSA explained that in 2012 "5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured in car crashes, a 3% spike in fatalities and a 16% spike in injuries compared with 2011... in addition to an increased risk of death or serious injury in even low-severity crashes."

The plan will revolve around 3 key areas: vehicle safety,  data collection and driver safety.  For more information about older drivers, view the materials on the NHTSA website here. Also take a look at their November/December 2013 Safety in Numbers newsletter which focuses on elder drivers.

Thanks to Slade Dukes for sending me the link to the USA Today article.

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As an attorney who spends an inordinate amount of time on the road, I would postulate that (and perhaps proper) lack of confidence in senior driving skills creates more auto accidents than anything else. The perceived lack of confidence results in seniors driving at seriously diminished rates of speed (ex., 55 mph in a 70 mph zone).

Posted by: Tom N | Dec 9, 2013 11:48:34 AM

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