SENIOR CITIZEN DRIVERS IN FLORIDA
DRIVERS OVER 65 YEARS OF AGE IN FLORIDA
There is a concern and perhaps even an assumption among many that older drivers are more dangerous on the roads than younger drivers - and that senior citizens are high risk behind the wheel. This is both true, and not true, according to statistics. Senior citizens over the age of 65 years are not automatically to be considered as a danger when driving a motor vehicle; however, data does support the idea that drivers over the age of 80 years old may be more prone to accidents and injuries while driving.
Image: NHTSA Fatal Crash Rate by Age Group (16 to 85+ Years)
Baby Boomer Generation Will Boost Percentage of Elder Drivers by 60+ Percent Over Next 15 Years
According to a February 2012 report issued by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, entitled "Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving the Mobility and Safety of Older Americans," the Baby Boomer generation will be impacting American roads in the following ways, as the first of the Baby Boomer generation turned 65 in 2011:
However, federal research also provides the following information, compiled by United States Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS):
FLORIDA IS 2ND IN THE UNITED STATES FOR GREATEST NUMBER OF LICENSED DRIVERS OVER 65 YEARS OLD
FLORIDA HAS ALMOST THREE MILLION DRIVERS OVER THE AGE OF 65 YEARS
According to the TRIP Report, Florida has 2,744, 378 licensed drivers who are over the age of 65 years old (as of February 2012). Ninety percent (90%) of these drivers are driving their own vehicle (car, truck, SUV) and most are driving during the daytime hours to do routine errands and shopping trips.
Unlike some other states (like Ohio, for example), Florida has special driver's license requirements for elder drivers. According to Florida Statutes, drivers that are over the age of eighty (80) must get their license renewed every six (6) years (for others it is an eight (8) year requirement) and these elder drivers must pass a vision test in order to keep their Florida Driver's License.
FLORIDA LEADS THE NATION IN TRAFFIC DEATHS INVOLVING DRIVERS OVER AGE 65 YEARS AND IN NUMBER OF ELDER DRIVERS DYING IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
Research shows that Florida has seen more traffic fatalities involving drivers over the age of 65 years than any other state in the country, with 503 traffic fatalities in accidents where one vehicle was driven by a senior citizen of 65 years or older. The next highest tally was in Texas, at 397.
Florida also leads the nation in the number of drivers over the age of 65 who have died in traffic accidents (using 2010 data). Two hundred seventy-one (271) drivers died in Florida car crashes in 2010 who were over the age of 65.
Image: Top 10 States With Traffic Fatalities Involving Driver Over Age 65 Years Old