Mar 25 by jason

Robert Redford is too cool for speed limits

As proof that it’s not just young celebrities who can be terrible role models, 76-year-old screen icon Robert Redford recently boasted he drives at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. In a recent interview with Esquire, the onetime Sundance Kid was asked if he still enjoys driving fast. Redford’s response: “You bet. I’ll…

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Oct 29 by jason

92-year-old Sonoma motorist collides with two teens using crosswalk

On Saturday afternoon 92-year-old motorist Levon Arkelian was cited for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk after he struck and injured two 14-year-old boys who were crossing Fifth Street West at Sassarini Elementary School. Neither alcohol nor speeding played any role in the collision, and the driver claimed he simply didn’t notice the…

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Feb 23 by jason

New report suggests U.S. Transportation System ‘insufficient’ to meet growing mobility and safety needs of elderly drivers

A report released yesterday by TRIP (PDF Link), a national non-profit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C., shows that elderly drivers are still involved in a disproportionately high number of traffic fatalities. The report also suggests that as the number of elderly drivers increases dramatically over the next decade, the U.S. transportation system will…

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Jun 15 by GJEL

San Francisco Seniors Target Pedestrian Accidents with DeathRace 2011

We’ve written a lot about car safety for senior drivers after losing eyesight, motor skills, or mental capacity. But a recent Los Angeles Times report notes that seniors are also in danger of traffic accidents outside their cars. In fact, according to last month’s “Dangerous By Design” study of traffic deaths between 2000 and 2009, seniors comprised a disproportionate 22 percent of pedestrian deaths, while making up 13 percent of the population. This morning, a group of San Francisco seniors plan to bring attention to senior pedestrian accidents with a streets safety event aptly named “DeathRace 2011.”

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May 18 by GJEL

Senior Drivers May Cause More Car Accidents

Taking away the keys from senior drivers is a difficult decision that often causes conflict between family members and friends. But scientists and safety advocates have repeatedly shown that as people age, they often lose the motor skills and mental capacity to remain alert behind the wheel. In this vein, a new report by the American Psychological Association has found that driving errors increase with age both for dangerous drivers and those with a previously impeccable record. So talk to your parent or friend senior driver about the dangers of driving after motor skills decline.

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Mar 11 by GJEL

Senior Driver Safety Checklist Highlights Eyesight and Motor Skills

It’s fortunate for road safety that every state has a minimum age at which teenagers receive their drivers’ license. Before teenagers reach that age, they are simply not developed enough to drive a car skillfully and accept the responsibility that comes with driving a motor vehicle. But there’s no limit on when a safe driver begins to lose the skills and mental capacity necessary for remaining safe behind the wheel. Even if a senior driver begins to lose his or her eyesight and motor skills, most states don’t currently provide guidelines on when it’s time to stop driving.

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Mar 10 by GJEL

Senior Driver Safety Checklist & Self Assessment

There are many factors senior drivers should consider before getting behind the wheel. The topic areas below are subject to each individual and may not apply to everyone. But for most people, age comes with an inevitable decline in eyesight and motor skills. With these concerns in mind, we’ve developed this safety checklist to be referenced by senior drivers prior to operating a motor vehicle. If any of these items portray your current health or situation, then speak with a family member or personal physician to learn more about safety options.

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Feb 10 by GJEL

Safety Record of Older Drivers Scrutinized After Freeway Accident

Have you ever turned the wrong way on a one-way street? How about entered the freeway going the wrong direction? That’s what happened to 83 year-old Clarence Kinney yesterday, right before his pickup truck caused a multi-car accident near San Diego. Fortunately, no passengers including Kinney were hurt in the accident. But the episode raises questions about how old is too old to drive, and suggests that states should begin cracking down on privileges for older drivers.

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