State licensing agencies are at the forefront of setting safety measures for all road users, having the ability to influence change on drivers. This influence can come not just by legislation, but also by acting as a resource for those who have questions or do not pass a required driving test.
Currently, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among those 65-74 years old and are the second leading cause (after falls) among those 75-84 years old. In 2018, nearly 7,000 individuals age 65 years and older were killed in traffic crashes. Furthermore, the motor vehicle rates of fatal motor vehicle crashes per mile driven begins to increase at around 70 years of age and is greatest for drivers 85 years and older.
Getting older comes with a series of changes that have the possibility of making driving unsafe and may endanger everyone on the road. With our population aging, we want to ensure that the roads are still safe and that there are procedures in place to support our aging road users.
From counter workers to DMV/MVA administrators, you serve as a primary information source for many older road users and their family members and ChORUS is here to help. This guide provides information and resources that can help you improve older driver safety.