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Seniors Drivers Support Tougher Licensing Rules for Themselves

But fatal crash rate for older drivers has actually been declining.

by on Dec.10, 2014

Senior drivers recognize the need for tougher licensing rules, according to a new AAA study.

When a 75-year-old driver killed a pedestrian crossing the street near her Brooklyn home early today it immediately raised questions about the wisdom of letting older drivers operate motor vehicles. And it turns out that the majority of seniors are asking that question among themselves.

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that an overwhelming majority of older drivers want tougher licensing rules that could take many of them and their peers off the road.

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The study is a timely one, considering the rapidly aging population. Those over the age of 65 now make up 17% of the nation’s licensed drivers, and more than two-thirds of those over the age of 85 say they still drive at least five days a week.