Study: Death Rates Of Elderly Drivers On The Rise

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — PennDOT has just released a study about the death rates of older drivers.

The study says 16 percent of Pennsylvania’s 8.7 million drivers are 65 and older and by 2020 that number will rise to 21 percent.

Pennsylvania has one of the highest senior citizen populations of all the states in the country, and the study also says older driver’s deaths have outpaced teen driving deaths because their health may not be as good as a younger person.

“The irony as an age group they are the safest driver seniors, the problem is because of their age they are more likely to die when it does happen,” said Rick Remington from AAA.

AAA recommends you start having a conversation with an elderly family member at the age of seventy.

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Reported By: Valerie Levesque, CBS 3

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  • Eileen McAllister

    I do not beleive that when this was reported on the news this morning it was pointed out that the seniors were the safest drivers. A follow up story is in order.

  • Thomas Blinebury

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