AAA: Seniors support tougher driving laws for themselves

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(WSLS 10) - While senior drivers favor tougher driving laws like bans on wireless devices, an overwhelming majority support greater scrutiny in the license-renewal process for themselves and their peers, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. 

In AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's latest report on aging Americans, more than seven out of 10 drivers age 65 and older favor policies that require drivers age 75 and older to renew their license in person. 

They also support requirements that seniors pass a medical screening to remain licensed.

The AAA Foundation's report Older American Drivers and Traffic Safety Culture also found:

  • Nearly 80 percent of drivers over age 75 favor medical screenings for drivers ages 75 and older
  • Nearly 90 percent of older drivers (65 and older) reported no crashes in the last two years
  • Similarly, 90 percent of older drivers reported no moving violations
  • 65 percent of drivers age 75 and older reported never using a cell phone while driving compared to only 48 percent of the younger "older" drivers (those age 65-69) who never use a phone when behind the wheel

Earlier this year, the AAA Foundation also released the Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use and Travel Behaviors report that found:

  • 86 percent of those age 65 and older still drive
  • 84 percent of Americans age 65 and older hold a driver's license compared to barely half in the early 1970s
  • 68 percent of drivers age 85 plus report driving five or more days a week

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