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Wednesday, 16th July 2008

U.S. Safety and Mobility Crisis Looms for Aging Baby Boomers

U.S. Safety and Mobility Crisis Looms for Aging Baby Boomers (PDF; 144 KB)
Source: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

By 2025, people aged 65 and older will account for 25 percent of U.S. drivers, yet state licensing systems and mobility alternatives for older drivers for the most part are inadequate and inconsistent, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety warns. Issued today, the AAA Foundation report notes seniors and their families face serious challenges in maintaining personal mobility, including determining whether they remain capable of safely operating a motor vehicle, whether their driving can be improved, or if unable to drive safely how they can continue to be mobile.

To address the complex challenges presented by an aging population of motorists, the AAA Foundation brought together a cross section of top transportation and health experts from federal and state governments, insurance industry, medical profession, universities and advocates for the elderly. The workshop proceedings detail specific recommendations to improve licensing systems, including encouraging voluntary reporting of potentially dangerous drivers by health care professionals and others, expanding the use of medical advisory boards, and enhancing the training and education for everyone involved in identifying and protecting high-risk drivers.

+ Recommendations (PDF: 697 KB)
+ Proceedings (PDF; 1.3 MB)
+ Senior Fatalities and Population by State 2002-2006 (PDF; 129 KB)
+ Slide Show


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