Picture driving down the road when you pull up to a yellow light, and ease to a stop as it turns red you look to your side to see a car speed past the now red light, and as they zoom by you notice that it happens to be an elderly person. It happens every day, and it can be prevented. Elderly drivers should be regulated more to keep roads safe.
Elderly driving statistics further show that by 2030, the elderly would comprise nearly 25 percent of the total people driving and they will be involved in nearly 25 percent of fatal vehicular accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revealed elderly driving statistics and this shows that in 2006, when the last data was computed, there were nearly 30 million elderly drivers driving on the streets of America. The statistics further showed that in 2006, 6,017 elderly people were killed in road accidents and this figure is around 14 percent of total people killed by road accidents.
Elderly driving statistics clearly proves that the older population of America is a danger to themselves and other drivers. That is why there are repeated calls for elderly drivers to be retested to see whether they are okay to drive. Nowadays many states in the US are trying to force many elderly drivers, who are not ready to change their driving habits to safer ways, to change the way they drive. Based on elderly driving statistics, many groups working with the elderly are also taking initiative and are joining forces with state and local governments to create awareness among the elderly why they need to change or modify they way they drive and where they can go for help.
Ohio currently has a 4 year restriction for seniors to check up and get re-tested.Data on older-driver accidents paint an equivocal picture. A 2007 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office says “older drivers’ fatal crash rate per licensed driver is lower than corresponding rates for drivers in younger age groups.”...