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A spate of serious accidents in the past few months has raised concerns about elderly drivers.
As a group, older drivers are relatively safe when measured by the number of crashes per licensed driver. But if you measure by crashes per mile driven, the data show a substantial rise in crash for those older than 70, according to a study by the AARP. And, the problem is likely to get worse. By 2025 one in four drivers will be 65 or older compared with 15 percent now, according to statistics from the AAA. This means nearly 10 million Americans older than 85 who have driven their whole lives - aging baby boomers who may not be quick to give up their car keys.
Coming up, Where We Live, we’ll talk about what it means for the aging population when they are no longer able to drive – and about how this loss of independence often leads to depression.
Join the conversation… Should there be additional testing of older drivers? How do you get mom or dad to hang up the keys before they’re involved in an accident? Or, is driving experience more important than one’s age?
*This episode originally aired on August 4, 2009.