• USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 10/1/2011 8:29am PDT

    No surprises here. Both cases are a high risk categories.
    The sad part about it so little is being done to address the issue because the states need the bucks regardless of the dangers posed by drivers from one end of the spectrum to the other.
    So automakers keep putting in as many airbags in those vehicles as possible :-) Oh and let's not forget to eventually have a "warning label" temporarily displayed on the inside of your windshield when you put the key in the ignition :-)

  • B-Man Posted: 5/11/2010 5:29am PDT

    I'd say keep the initial licensing standards the same, if anything, increase the driver's test intensity about 20%. Once licensed, I really feel that passing an eye test and paying your fee is plenty tough to be able to get re-licensed. But that should stop at 80, or, if a DMV attendant sees an adverse driving record of late for the person, I feel they should be re-tested, written and driving, even if not yet yet 80 years of age. And 80+ should require a yearly re-testing of the elderly driver's written and driving skills. Teens are more dangerous, true, but it's also true that their total number of drivers are much higher.

  • Limousine Liberal Posted: 5/10/2010 3:46pm PDT

    i agree with some of the comments above re the raw numbers involved here - the number of young folks driving versus those 85 and older is likely quite different. however, facts are facts re the realities around trends with humans as the age and continue driving. need to be able to discuss honestly and not worry about the aarp or other interest groups shaming us into avoiding honest dialogue.

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 5/10/2010 3:33pm PDT

    While the rate may be high for the old-timers, you have to remember that the number of 80-year old plus drivers on the roads is MUCH lower than the number of 16 to 25 year olds. Once kids get their license they're out everyday at all hours of the day.
    So the chances of being involved in accident with an old-timer is much lower than that with a young person.

  • mazes Posted: 5/10/2010 2:34pm PDT

    Article doesn't directly look at crash RATES by age nor does the one you linked to about Toyota and age. It's not DEATHS that are the only thing that matter, it's how many crashes the age groups cause per mile driven. That's the article I want to see.