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Report: Increasing Number Of Older Drivers Killed In Car Accidents

March 13, 2018 - 11:50 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- As the population ages, there are more older drivers on the road.

A non-profit research group called TRIP, said New York ranks fourth in the country for the number of drivers aged 65 and older.

It found that the number of older drivers killed or involved in fatal crashes has increased significantly in the last five years.

"Older drivers face a number of challenges on the road. Their higher instance of fatalities is partly attributable to physical fragility that makes surviving a crash less likely than for younger drivers. While they tend to be more cautious and avoid risks on the road, older drivers may face physical challenges that make driving more difficult, including diminished eyesight, reaction time, cognitive ability and muscle dexterity," the report said.

TRIP concedes that's partly due to the greater number of them, but suggested that roadway safety improvements are more important now in helping older drivers navigate traffic.