Elders and Driving

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Elder drivers are understandably reluctant to give up the car keys — the ability to drive may be their only way to access friends, food, health care and other necessities. Yet the safety of elder drivers is becoming an increasing concern. Evidence reveals that elder drivers are more prone to accidents in general and are even more prone to fatal accidents. States have varying perspectives on this topic and have taken different actions to prevent drivers unable to safely operate a vehicle from getting behind the wheel. This Issue Brief discusses the legal approaches currently being used across the U.S., shares evidence that justifies intervention — along with the unintended consequences of action, and offers some solutions. This 50-State Compilation summarizes elder driver laws in each state.

Here is a good link to an article on elders and driving.